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  1. Shuksan North face bushwhack recommendations

    There is a climbers trail through part of your purple line. Walk to the end of the road, near some old logging equipment, and dive straight downhill into the big trees. Cross the creek and veer up and right. Look at the satellite image for big trees, then the meadows once you gain the ridge. It's not that bad by Cascade standards.
  2. WA Ice Conditions 2020-21

    I think that's Calvin Klimb
  3. Mixed at Mt. Baker?

    Time flies, doesn't it. Glad that you're making it happen out there!
  4. I don't know if anyone has guided it yet, but only a couple businesses hold permits in the Middle Fork. I don't mind the tree pulling either, but it certainly does detract from the route IMO. The route is a scorcher too -- definitely one to best do on a cloudy day or super early in the morning. Thanks for the kind words; glad you're enjoying the book!
  5. Glad folks are getting on this. A few notes: Yes, there is an error in the rack description. A single set to 2-3" is sufficient for most leaders. The old bolt down low on the route was deliberately placed by the FA team as a bit of a joke. The pitch 7 corner-to-tree pitch didn't exit right onto the slab since that slab is an exfoliating piece. There is talk of trimming the branches and perhaps adding a short fixed rope instead.
  6. Snoqualmie Rock guidebook release

    I guided a trip last year in the Ruth Gorge for The North Face. Alex was there and we spent some camp time talking about climbing in Washington--he's been out to our crags and said he'd definitely be here again. So I got in touch and had him review the book. He's super nice and it was great to connect about our local terrain!
  7. Upcoming Snoqualmie Valley Rock Guidebook

    The Snoqualmie Rock guidebook is now available for pre-order. Visit www.snoqualmierock.com for more information.
  8. Hey CC.com! I'm proud to announce the release of Snoqualmie Rock. After 5 years of research, writing, and review, this comprehensive guidebook for the I-90 corridor is finally complete. It covers well over 700 routes from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass at over 60 crags. You'll find it in stores this June, but you can pre-order your own copy now at www.snoqualmierock.com See you all at the crags!
  9. wanted to buy Looking for haul bags.

    I have a big Fish haul bag that I'd let go for $60. I think it's the Grade V. Old, but in good shape.
  10. Pics / Beta on North Ridge of Stuart

    Friends climbed the full ridge 2 days ago. Snow on the slab pitch and in the notch above the Gendarme. Steep snow on the descent by the False Summit.
  11. Mt Baker - North Ridge Questions

    FYI: The North Ridge is often climbed into September, when it's iciest. Personally, I'd give it a month for things to consolidate and melt off a bit before going up there. Otherwise it's a whole lot of slogging for about a rope length of ice climbing...
  12. need info on a route in exit 38

    If you're up to the grade, just go give it a look! I'd hate to spoil your onsight!
  13. need info on a route in exit 38

    The pitch directly above "I Wanna Go Home" is called "Sleep or Awake" 5.10c, 7 bolts, 50 feet. The single biner is a bail biner...the route goes to the top. There is also a route further right on the headwall, "I Can Fly" 5.11c, 7 bolts. And the new book is coming very soon!
  14. 2016/17 Ice Conditions

    Park at Summit West, cross under the overpass, and ski down the closed Sunset Highway. 10 minutes easy downhill!
  15. Triple Couloirs, Alpine Ice, or something fun

    Bony. We passed on it today. Good climbing shape though!