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  1. Massive Rock Fall on Serpentine Arete

    Well, its still possible that there was a big rock fall on Serpentine, I had taken off before the winds picked up and the storm came in. I am sure that if the people you met were on Backbone, they know where Serpentine is. Scary for sure. I hope no one was on route, and I am certainly glad I had done it the day before!
  2. Massive Rock Fall on Serpentine Arete

    Do you mean Monday the 22nd or Tuesday the 23rd? I climbed that route on Sunday the 21st. While there was the standard loose rock on the route, I don't recall seeing anything out of character. We headed out on Monday (the 22nd) and I do recall seeing a nice rock slide coming down near triple cols (left of backbone). Do your friends have any pictures of the snow field afterwards?
  3. Trip: Squamish - Stairway to Heaven Date: 8/13/2011 Trip Report: Evan and I headed up for a short weekend in Squamish. We decided to get on a route that we have had our eyes on for several years; Stairway to Heaven. The route is bolt protected the whole way (see optional cam suggestions) however the description is not always clear (for example, the topo describes two incomplete pitches). The route is very fun with lots of high quality and thought provoking climbing. I definitely recommend adding this to your tick list. Below is a pitch by pitch description as well as hiking instructions between each of the climbs. Enjoy! Stairway to heaven: Hike from the campground at the base of the chief, turn left near the shelter at the back of the campsite, traverse along a trail at the bottom of the cliff until a gulley appears on the left that allows you to scramble to a fixed rope. Cruise up the two fixed handlines to the base of the Slot machine. Women in comfortable shoes starts about 60 feet to the left. Woman in comfortable shoes 10a p1 10a – go straight right (back towards Slot machine) following a small dyke feature for your feet, and occasional micro crimps for your hands. A tough start to the day, especially for the outside of your left foot. p2 8 – Continue right past a bolt and over the top of slot machine (optional #2 camalot), when reaching the offwidth flake, head up another 15 feet to the anchor. A short pitch. p3 10a – continue up small crack for about 10 feet, then head out onto the slab for some good ol fashioned padding. Share the anchor at the top of slot machine. Xenolith dance 10b p4 10b – a very fun pitch, but sustained. Follow the series of nubins, edges, and pockets out and left then straight up to the anchor. p5 10a – some additional nubbins lead to padding to the top. A nice finish for this two pitch section. Walk up the obvious trail and then head off to the left towards the main face of the grand wall. The trail ends at that fixed line across an exposed 15ft ledge getting you to a bolted anchor. Land of freedom 10a p6 10a – start in a dirty corner with roots and a tree stump. Clip two bolts then take a delicate step out and left to get to another diagonal dyke that heads up and to the left. Continue on to the anchors and enjoy the view. Continue up the obvious trail up and left until you find a fixed rope that takes you up a 6 foot cliff band. Climb the old ratty rope and continue left for another 20 feet to the obvious flake. Moonwatcher 9 p7 9 – Climb up the crack using nice jams and good feet (optional #2 camalot). Clip the bolt and move out onto the face up to the tree anchor at the top. Continue hiking up and left towards a nice trail at the top of Tantulus wall. While quite exposed, flip-flops worked just fine for the hike. Find the correct trail to get you out onto Bellygood. There is a set of anchors in the corner. Belly good ledge 5.root-pull p7a – not really much of a pitch, but the first 5-10 feet are a little airy and dirty. After that, walk the ledge out past a bolt until you reach the anchors at the base of millennium falcon (near a tree, ~120 feet). The next three pitches provide the hardest climbing on the route, with good distances between bolts. Millennium falcon 10c p8 10a – a nice pitch, although there is some distance between the bolts. Head up and right following generally good holds. The pitch is fairly sustained, but there are good rests in-between the individual cruxes. p9 10c – the crux pitch of the route. Head out right then back left on some delicate edges to a large crack. Follow the crack for another ~30 feet of fairly easy climbing (#2 camalot optional). Make the step up on the large block before you can clip the bolt, then head out and right to some difficult moves over a jagged roof. The universal key 10b p10 – a hard and sustained pitch, some distance between bolts. Start up the dihedral with positive but reachy holds till the roof above your head forces you out and to the right. A difficult padding move gets you onto a dirty ledge. Continue right until you hit the first of two cracks. Make an exciting step across (again, very reachy) then head up to a surprising finish. I thought the was the hardest pitch on the route. Traverse of the gods 9 p11 – start by walking left on a nice ledge until it pinches off and you are forced onto the slab. Pad across the slab until reaching the start of a dyke feature passing the first set of anchors you see, stopping at the second belay. Described in the guidebook at 5.9, it’s really a 5.8 (see next pitch) p12 – continue on the dyke feature passing bolts that are very hard to see until you are almost on top of them. The climbing has a very similar feel to women in confortable shoes, just a grade easier. Traverse to the black dyke, then head up and left to an anchor below a large roof near a tree. Described in the guidebook as 5.8, its really fairly sustained 5.9. The upper black dyke 10a p13 – head out onto the main black dyke feature climbing “exit 38” style rock, clipping bolts along the way. The crux of the pitch is no particular move, rather its finding the good holds that allow you to move up. Watch for the loose rock not only for your partner, but the several routes below on the main grand wall. Continue up and left to Penthouse Wall. Walk past a memorial to Mr. Ciechanowski, then take a short fixed handline down to the trail. The first route you come to (about 30 feet) is the next pitch. Mr. Ciechanowski 10a p14 - (right most route on the Penthouse). Easier than it looks, follow nice jugs over the roof to a nice series of edges up to the anchor. Reachy again. Walk left to Raven's Castle (starting on the very far left side and up a gulley, start out the dyke heading across the wall) Joe's Dyke 5.6 p15 – easy padding past a few bolts. A short pitch. You can start waving at the tourists from here on. Ladies First 10a p16 – Head out and left from the anchor to a small ramp that leads to a flake. This pitch provides a little sting in the tail of a nice long route. Rough outline of the route from the brewery:   Start of women in comfortable shoes: Land of freedom: Rope pull to the ledge for Moonwatcher: Moonwatcher, first bolt up and left of the crack: Beginning of the traverse of the gods: Second pitch of the traverse of the gods from the black dyke: Exit 38 like rock of the black dyke: Evan points out Mr. Ciechanowski: Raven castle. A party is leading the second pitch of Joe’s dyke:
  4. Wow! That is one hell of a climb! I bailed on it a few years ago after watching an avalanche come down the central face. With it all melted out now, it looks like quite an adventure! Well done! .
  5. Lyme Disease

    Totally agree. As I already PMd you about, I picked up the early stages when I was down in Yosemite a couple years ago. Looking at this map definitely suggests that its made it way to the west side. http://www.aldf.com/usmap.shtml
  6. Massive development in the middle of Red Rocks!!

    Pretty easy to do though the Access Fund site. They even send you a nice email afterwards. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. "Thank you for taking action to stop development next to Red Rock Canyon. Please stay tuned to Access Fund e-news for updates."
  7. I second that. How that got 3 stars is beyond me...
  8. [TR] Ingalls, East Peak - SW Face 7/4/2011

    Nice one! I did this route last year and found the raps to be less than obvious. Luckily we had some nice shiny webbing to leave behind. The rock is not as clean as the rest of Ingalls, but its still a nice little romp as well. Not having to scramble up the rock gully must have been nice
  9. Nice Tim. Love it! A belligerent honey badger with the tin shits is no way to have a party! Next years Halloween costume? .
  10. We saw you walk by on your way in (we were camped right below the Crystal Creek drainage). Looks like you had a nice time out! You guys were ahead of us so I am not sure if you saw it, but there was some fairly impresive rock fall coming off of little Annapurna into the valley. .
  11. Awesome Dtown stoke! And nice glasses there. Are they prescription? Any guesses on when Squire Creek will dry out? .
  12. Is backless now fashionable?

    I only have an ass-less pair of pants to go with my fanny pack. .
  13. Nice pics! Looks like a fun one for sure. Btw, Tim do you actually go to work? .
  14. Clear Creek Road - Darrington

    Wooooo hoooo!!!!
  15. Tumwater and Icicle Canyons closed

    Holy Jebus! Mud pies anyone?
  16. [TR] The Mole (Edwards peak) - South Face 6/5/2011

    Nice! I was on the opposite side of the valley all weekend looking up there wondering when the enchantments would be in good shape. Way to get after it! I have not done that approach, but having come down from Toketie wall last year, I am not sure how much I would want to do that approach either. Sounds like coming around from Prusik might be the easiest (however far longer).
  17. Tuolumne Chill Routes

    Here are a few of the easier ones we did last year. Stately pleasure dome has no approach and has several easy routes, Teneya peak is really easy the whole way and not very exposed and its really not 14 real pitches (the approach is a little steeper as is the descent), Pywiak and Dozier also easy approaches. Great White Book, Stately Pleasure Dome, 5.6 R, 5 pitches Northwest Buttress, Teneya Peak, 5.5, 14 pitches West Country, Stately Pleasure Dome, 5.7, 4 pitches Zee Tree, Pywiak Dome, 5.7, 6 pitches Holdless Horror, Dozier Dome, 5.6, 4 pitches I hope you get some nice weather!
  18. Squire Creek Road - Darrington

    Eeek gads! Having camped up there, its hard to imagine that much snow up there, especially when its not that high in altitude. Really late season this year I guess. Thanks for the update! .
  19. Nice Blake! Looks like a lot of great climbing! The stories I always hear about the Black are about the mountains of poison ivy.The one I had heard was to wear painters suits on the hike down, bag them up and go climbing. What is your experience with that? Any strategies? Hey Ivan, some of my family lives in Grand Junction, I'll go with you! .
  20. [TR] Mount Shasta - Casaval Ridge 5/8/2011

    Nice! That is a sweet camping picture! .
  21. Skaha: What gives?

    I know we will all miss it, but its gone now
  22. Wow! Sounds like an awesome trip! Way to get after it! .
  23. Skaha: What gives?

    Love Skaha as long as you are down for sport climbing (not much trad). The only real issue there is the camping situation: either set up / take down every day camping up logging roads, or pay for over priced campgrounds in town. On the positive side, the sport climbing is really fun (albeit overbolted), approaches are short, and there is an awesome bakery for a nice morning cinnamon roll! Have a great time, I am planning on making a couple of trips this year as well. .
  24. Darrington first timer....

    Thanks for the stoke Mark, damn I miss Dtown (and summer) .