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The Blues Cliff

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Accidental Discharge S 
Black Cat Bone S 
Blue in the Face S 
Color of Pain, The S 
Cry Baby S 
Number 9 T 
Rhythm and Bolts S 
Starfish T,S 
Twelve Gauge IQ T 
Unicorn Blues S 
Written in Stone S 

The Blues Cliff  


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Unicorn draws first blood. (Unicorn Blues, 12a)

Description 

This cliff is the host of several great routes, containing anything from slabs to corners to roofs. Almost all of the climbs are bolted, even some cracks (yikes, when did this become acceptable at index???)

Getting There 

Take the trail from the country up some steep switchbacks past the boards on the trail, and a giant boulder. Take a left at an obvious fork(upper wall trail goes right), then two more lefts at subsequent forks.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',5],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Blues Cliff:
Starfish   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Black Cat Bone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Twelve Gauge IQ   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Black Cat Bone

Black Cat Bone 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  WA : Index : ... : The Blues Cliff
Start with a difficult crack bolder problem to the right of the obvious flake start to Twelve Gauge IQ. Climb part of that route and step over to a finger crack on the right face. Getting started in the crack is the crux. One can traverse left at the top into the sport climb Twelve Gauge IQ, or, I believe, head right to another anchor. I can't remember if this other anchor currently exists, however....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.
Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.

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By Drewsky
Dec 30, 2008
There are a couple climbs in this area that have sections of sport-bolted cracks (Twelve Gauge IQ has a bit as well). Luckily this seems to be the exception rather than the rule, even at the predominantly bolted Blues Cliff.
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