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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Climbing in Washington state

Just came back from an unplanned trip to the West Coast. I went there for business, but had a few days off as it came right after the 4th of July week end.
I met Craig, a friend of Richard's there and we did some spectacular climbing in the Tieton River area.

1 day of sport climbing on andesite volcanic rock (up to 5.10d)
2 days of crazy exposed multi pitch mix trad/sport climbing.
1 day of driving around Whidbey island, enjoying the Pacific ocean and the nice Pacific Northwest weather...

On climbing days, I was worried about rattlesnakes after reading the guidebook but finally we did not see any, and I was more worried about the exposure, the loose rock and the lack of protection on the first pitch of both climbs. How about a pitch with only one bolt and no natural protection on crumbly rock to start the day? Fortunately for our party Craig stepped up and showed how it's done.
He led all the trad pitches, including the infamous Jenga traverse (see the pics) while I led the bolted pitches.

Seattle Trip (Climbing Tieton River and Whidbey island)

Overall, an excellent week end, with sunny weather, camping in the woods, cooking on a big fire etc... Things I haven't done in years! Looking forward to the September Oregon trip now!

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