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Squaw Rock, Spiral 

YDS: 5.1 French: 2 Ewbanks: 6 UIAA: II ZA: 7 British: MD 2a X

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.1 French: 2 Ewbanks: 6 UIAA: II ZA: 7 British: MD 2a [details]
FA: Johnny Bissel, 1935
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Nov 29, 2006

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Northeast side of Squaw Rock

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Description 

This classic adventure route makes for an excellent solo. The route begins on the South (or Smith Rock) side of the tower with a short boulder problem right off the deck to surmount the large sloping ramp that is the base of Squaw Rock. There are numerous places that you can scramble on to this ramp, so pick a spot that inspires you. Once on the ramp, head up (to the right or north), and begin spiraling around the tower in a counter-clockwise fashion. The difficulty is never greater than third class. Enjoy the views and reverse the route.

Location 

Begins on the S side of Squaw Rock, the most prominent formation on Indian Ridge.

Protection 

None.


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By David Wade
Apr 2, 2009

Probably true that the climbing is all 4th class, but there are a few spots for decent pro, and I was glad to have a rope to get down with.
By Karl Helser
From: Portland, Oregon
Jan 13, 2012

Yes, and I was glad to see anchor's on the summit, since the old Smith book says there are no anchor's...I can hear Watts now..."I don't need no stink'n anchor's"...
By loose overhang 2000
Nov 9, 2014

Climbed this a couple of days ago. We took the route to it described in Watts. The hardest part is definitely the section just off the ground. Pay attention to the descent if climbing ropeless. There is some loose rock, but there are enough cracks to enable some small to medium pro along the spiral. There is no need to go to where the other routes meet at the place shown in the guidebook, an easy bay provides a way to the top just before rounding the corner to the SW. The hike in is longer than an hour and a half. We took over two hours, but we are old.