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  1. Don't forget the Boulder River Wilderness, home of some long alpine slab routes in the Darrington area.
  2. OK, thanks anyway. Yes, I chatted with the company and found out about what the "Ice clipper" loops are for. They do sell a hammer holster that I would have bought and added to your harness - but I'm too slow putting this together! Anyway, I found out about a nice product; maybe I'll pay full retail for a new one...
  3. I followed the link and read about the harness; it seems like it might fill the bill for me. Question though: are the "ice clipper loops" designed to carry ice tools, or something else used in ice climbing? I'm not an ice climber, so I don't know the term. It would be really great if it could hold a rock hammer, like a Yosemite hammer. Do you know if it the "ice clipper loops" could hold a rock hammer without it slipping through? Thanks
  4. [TR] Lundin - Southeast Ridge 11/17/2018

    Thanks for for lovely photo trip report. Alpine goodness in November.
  5. There should be a First Ascent tag on this TR for Oso Rodeo, in the North Cascades section: Oso Rodeo Thanks, Bill
  6. This new hole in the road has been marked; thanks to the road crew for making it so noticeable. If the stake disappears, drivers be warned.
  7. It was the maiden voyage for my new belay device, an Edelrid Eddy, with the rope stuffed in a small backpack. Very pleased that it ran smoothly through the device, without locking up.
  8. Trip: Three O'Clock Rock - various Trip Date: 11/19/2018 Trip Report: Wanting to see some rock before the snows came, I went up to Three O'Clock Rock yesterday, Monday, Nov. 19. First light comes late in this season so I enjoyed the luxury of sleeping in until five, left Seattle at six. Still a very cold morning in Darrington, I pulled in to the Shell station for a pit stop to let the day warm up a bit. I didn't tarry long, however, as the old pre-climb excitement took hold, didn't even go in the store, and motored on up the Clear Creek Road. The road is in good shape, with a new coat of gravel on the lower section. Thanks to the "Darrington Collaborative" for that! Besides the fairly alarming tilt of the roadbed in a couple of places, one new hazard is apparent: The trail is in the best condition I've ever seen it. Thank you to the work party earlier this year. Especially appreciated is the ramp up off the old miner's road: Years ago we had to cross over this log on the steps provided: Full sun was pulling me out of the frost toward the North Buttress: But I had designs on some easy pitches on the South Buttress: I wanted to warm up with Under the Bored Walk: Dry and clean, the knobs accepted my passage: Pointy elbows in the sun: Rapping off: That was actually scary enough that I decided against staying there to do Charly Chan's Number One Suspect. I moved gear over to Cornucopia Flake. Stout trees are plentiful under the route: It was fun placing gear again, so late in the season: I had only planned to do single pitches, no multi-pitch, but this looked so good and had to pass it up: Obligatory Exfoliation Dome shot: Feeling better about friction moves with lots of rope out, I decided to do the first pitch of The Kone. I saved time by using the same anchor tree. It was 1:30 and the sun was already going around the corner! From near the top of the first pitch of The Kone: On each of these pitches, I fixed the lead rope, rapped, and jugged up with a second rope for rappel. Last rappel of the day, from The Kone: I felt lucky to be out there for a beautiful day in November. Gear Notes: Minimal rack of cams. Two 60m ropes. Approach Notes: Thanks to the Washington Climbers Coalition and the Darrington Collaborative for the road work, and for the recent trail work.
  9. 3 o’clock rock stewards, thank you

    Great photos. Thank you for posting. I'm glad the rebolting on Till Broad Daylight is appreciated, having been part of that effort a few years ago. The anchor above the Great Arch was thought provoking! I was up there two days later than you, on Monday. Amazing to get some warm rock in November. Cheers! And many thanks to the Darrington Collaborative for keeping the access nice!
  10. Squire Creek Road is clear to the new (as of last year) parking lot. This winter saw further erosion, another cave-in, 20 feet upstream from the one which cut off the old parking lot. It can no longer be driven around. There is a new sign, but nothing blocking the road. Bill Enger
  11. OSO Rodeo

    Here is the original report, with the gear list: Oso Rodeo original report Agreeing with Chuck, standard rack to 3", and there is a place for a big cam on the first pitch. In the report, DavidW says it is #5 Camalot. I do remember hanging it up on the anchor atop pitch 1, picked up on the return. But it was not always used by us; I got used to leading the pitch without it. Have fun on it, Bill
  12. Way to go, Matt! Thanks for the community service. Bill
  13. Clear Creek 2060

    I went up to the 8 Mile trail on Clear Creek road on Saturday just to check out the road and trail. There are two new holes developing in the middle of the road. They are deeper than the photos can show, and seem to open up a bit below. The first one points downhill so it is obvious on the way in. Odometer showed it 2.0 miles from Mountain Loop Highway turnoff. The second one is located beyond the concrete spillway recently patched by Hanman. Someone put a stick in it. Odometer showed it 3.5 miles from Mountain Loop Highway turnoff.
  14. Darrington, The Kone, 10-24-15

    OK, thanks, thought so. It will be replaced, anyway. Thanks for the nice pics.
  15. Darrington, The Kone, 10-24-15

    Nice going getting across p4 in the rain! That would be dicey when wet. Is that last shot out of sequence? Or was that taken on the Tidbits rappel?