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  1. You might like it Jason - no seracs or sketchy rap anchors! Here's the topo. You might need to play with your print settings (checkbox for "fit image") to get it to scale correctly
  2. Trip: Salami Slab, Darrington - Snagglepuss Trip Date: 07/05/2020 Trip Report: My COVID-era partner and son, Ty and I made a quick trip to the Salami Slabs to test-drive a new variation to Snagglepuss. You may not be aware of Snagglepuss because it is not among the ‘Only Darrington Routes Worth Doing’ identified in climbing books and the internet. But it is fairly long (7 pitches) and has some good climbing that might entertain you adventurous non-slab-phobic types. Ty looking relaxed among the knobs, dimples and scoops of pitch 4. Leading the Catwalk – which follows the thin white dike angling left Team selfie at top of the route, spitting distance from the Snagglepuss tree The Snagglepuss – a massive Doug-fir with a silvery dead top that that looms over the route Hanman and I kicked off the Snaglepuss Project about four years ago, followed by the neighboring Purdie Shuffle. Both routes have good to great climbing with excellent views of nearby peaks and the Clear Creek valley. The Catwalk variation creates an excellent 7-pitch hybrid option that is slightly easier than the original. CV on FA, July 2016, with the giant snag visible in upper left Hanman below the gleaming goodness that would become the Purdie Shuffle For an abundance of details on how to get there and what you’ll find, check the stuff posted on another climbing website. The approach is comparable in scale to Three O Clock Rock but a bit more 'interesting' (don't worry, no brush). Much of Snagglepuss is mid-fifth with harder sections up to 5.8+, though the easiest line is not always obvious. There are bolts where you need them, runouts where you don’t, but nothing approaching an R rating. If you are offended by bits of moss and needles on your granite, skip pitches 6 and 7. Returning to grand Salami ledge on the descent. Gear Notes: Standard Dtown toolkit - dozen slings, single cams to 3", double 60s Approach Notes: FS Road 2060, take left branch over bridge, park at first boulder drainage, hike uphill. Approach details can be sleuthed from link mentioned in TR
  3. Three O'Clock Rock

    Unfortunately that anchor is still in the same condition. So hard to spend prime climbing days pulling and replacing hardware when you could be making something new or climbing more pitches. Off, I'd be glad to take you up for a tour some time!
  4. Best place to resole rock shoes

    I had met Carlos through his ill-fated climbing gym. Good climber and quite the character. Yikes, I had completely forgotten that Forbidden story.
  5. Best place to resole rock shoes

    No... not that Carlos... I don't think?
  6. Best place to resole rock shoes

    Yes, Dan but only vaguely. Beautiful route, good conditions, no epics, right? Honestly, that was back when I was young, and foolishly took more interest in the climbs than the companions.
  7. Best place to resole rock shoes

    Perhaps, but when the best cobbler (Ramuta) is having the most fun (PCT), he can't resole my damn shoes!
  8. Best place to resole rock shoes

    I went with Page and he did a great job. Quick service, good deal all around!
  9. Nice work Jason! Good training value and more scenic than I would have guessed
  10. Spring Mtn

    Great crag, but to keep it climbable you'd need to spray the whole thing down with moss killer (non-toxic variety, of course). In reality, it will probably be one of those places that gets 'discovered' by a new generation of climbers every 20 years or so.
  11. [TR] Das Toof - The Tooth Fairy, 5.9+ 08/15/2019

    Actually, Darin is just reposting the topo he made for Mile High Club....
  12. Best place to resole rock shoes

    I saw the thing about the PCT, but deeper down something about them not taking individual orders any more. Would be glad to be wrong. Yeah, Ramuta is a serious loss, a top-notch craftsman that does a great job with the business stuff as well. Similar experience with Page, a peely resole back in the 80s when he was over in Wallingford, and never went back. Like to support a local shop but no matter who I choose, I have to ship them anyway.
  13. Best place to resole rock shoes

    Appreciate the sage input, all! With so many great providers come and gone, must be a tough business to sustain over the long term.
  14. Best place to resole rock shoes

    Sad to be bumping this topic back from the dark ages. Ramuta isn't taking individual orders, Cascade Cobbler seems gone, Dave Page gets mixed reviews....any good options in the PNW?
  15. Was up there last weekend and the Ladder's future is considerably brighter than poor old Good Food. Very direct (though steep) approach under timber, then that long, scenic rib make for a great outing. Way more sensible and aesthetic than coming up from 39 Mile Camp, as the red Fred suggests. If you want to avoid schwacking entirely, head off the trail just past the major bouldery creek crossing well before Luna camp - the drainage to the right of the route. Follow the timber north of the creek for about 500' past some monster firs and angle left toward the highest ground, avoiding several mossy slabs. If you manage to get confused on this one, you should probably stick to top-roping at the Exits. Cool route, guys!
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