Lycopodophyta follows a small crack runs up the left corner of the right facing dihedral just to the right of bolted climbs Helium Woman and Captain Xenolith on the western edge of The Dihedrals. The climb takes gear pretty well the whole way with plenty of good stances along the way. Smaller gear is the name of the game down low before the crack widens a bit up top to take some bigger placements up to 2-inches near the anchor. Overall, bring small gear, both cams and nuts if you have them. The rock is pretty solid but there are a few places that sound rather hollow which can be typical at Smith.
The route isn't amazing but it does climb better than it's neighbor to the right, Rabbit Stew. Use face holds or stem the dihedral where possible. You'd be smart to use the crack as much as possible since it offers up good constriction jams. You can definitely get away from having to jam on this climb if you'd like, but the path of least resistance uses the crack in combination with face climbs.
Lycopodophyta has its own set of anchors on the right facing side of the dihedral. There is also a second pitch that waits above, but by all accounts it don't sound very attractive.
Smith Rock State Park, OR
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