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  1. Trip: Wa Pass - Liberty Traverse 2.0 Date: 8/23/2014 Trip Report: Last August, Jeremy Zachariash and I did a pretty solid linkup day on the western aspect of the Liberty spires at WA pass. Earlier in the year I developed a desire to go up to the western aspects of WA pass and do as many routes in a day as possible, given I could find a partner willing to do a little bit of a sufferfest. A couple weeks prior I met up with Jeremy at Aslan for a beer and he proceeded to tell me he had a couple days before done a through hike from Hannegan Pass to Ross lake in under 24 hours, and as of late, was super stoked and doing big day/through hike endeavors, not just crushing sport climbs. So I was like "Hey, if you wanna do a big day rally-fest linkup, I"ve got one that'll be a lot of fun". Not ever having done alpine climbing he wasn't totally sure, but I was confident he'd be fine. Having done the Liberty Traverse before I was pretty sure about the amount of routes with we could do from dawn till dusk, and still complete the traverse. It went as such, starting on Liberty Bell...obviously.. Rapple Grapple Beckey Route Overexposure North Face Concord South Face Concord North Face Lexington NW Corner NEWS West Face NEWS Chockstone route SW Rib SEWS The idea was pitched and it was a go! We slept at the trail head and woke up at 3:00 am to be on the trail by 3:30. hopefully putting us at the base around 5:00 am to have a full daylight session of climbing ahead of us. I had never hiked up there in the dark so I passed left exit to the spires until I hit the Blue Lake sign and turned around. Even given the detour we still ended up at the base of Liberty Bell before 5:00 am, I think, as it was still pretty dark. We climbed fast and pretty uneventfully and completed the objective, just one rope stuck after rapping from Liberty Bell. It's really fun to be able to move that fast over so much terrain. Also, by the end of the NW corner, Jeremy had some gnarly blisters and couldn't wear his Muiras any longer and finished the day in approach shoes. We topped out on SW rib just as dusk has descended. We down climbed and rapped to the base, and then hiked out, with nightime upon us. We did 44 guidebook pitches, 27 rappels, and 4800 ft of rock climbing car to car in 18 hours and some change. Fun stuff! Man my feet hurt the next day! It's wild how busy the western aspect of NEWS is these days too. You have to que up weekday or weekend for either of the trade routes during the summer.
  2. Trim Carpentry/Interior Finish Job Bellingham

    Depends on the person. I know numerous hardworking climbers who've started their own businesses in construction who were employed for several years by someone like myself prior going out on their own. As well, I've employed lots of shitty workers, none of whom were climbers. A lot of the previously mentioned negatives qualities found in climber employees exist in most people in the construction industry anyhow...figured I could at least have a regular weekday climbing partner! Job is filled anyways, sans climber.
  3. Trim Carpentry/Interior Finish Job Bellingham

    Hey that can go either way... mine told me to go to college!! It's a great job, especially living a lifestyle as a climber and skier and such... I dream of having Dean Fidelmans' job though..
  4. Not sure if this fits anywhere on this site, but I'm a contractor in Bellingham looking for an interior finish employee. Trim, cabinets, flooring, paint, etc. I'd love to hire another climber, so I thought I might post an add here and see if it makes it's way onto the screen of an interested cascade climber. Job is all new construction custom homes. All tools provided. Job starting Jan 5 and booked up through the end of the year as this is being posted. Workload will be fast paced so prior experience is required. Hit me up if you or anyone you know might be interested in working a cool, active job with another climber! Thanks!
  5. Cam hooks at Index

    Sweet, just ordered a new cam hook set for Wa Pass... Just gotta make sure to keep it away from that uber choss pile over at Index..
  6. Sweet. I figured Croatia had limestone climbing and have wanted to check it out for a long time. Also figured it might be less well known and busy than other places in the area.
  7. Seeking Your Opinion - Losing Gear

    I didn't close the haul bag once and my friends water bottle fell out. I offered to suffer and give him all of mine, he shared =)
  8. A couple of good reads about safety

    I think it'd be impossible to compile the necessary data to prove this hypothesis. Not only that, but there are way too many subjective factors involved.
  9. This is nuts

    As for AK-47.. "I bolted it like you would protect a trad line.." That dude is such a clown... I like to believe CJB was just a fictitious character created by someone to troll climbing sites. Regarding the post...Does legislation like that exist anywhere else around the world?
  10. [TR] Forbidden Peak - East Ridge 9/20/2014

    Nice picture looking down on the guy on the ridge in the green pack.
  11. Lookin to get out into the mountains. WA pass, enchantments, snow creek wall. I've got some projects I'm kind of putting the pieces together for, but I'd be down for pretty much anything. Plenty of classic stuff out there I've never done. Hit me up if you're interested!
  12. Winter/Spring Projecting @ Equinox

    Yikes! The cave is so f'ing cold in the winter... you'd be crushin by spring though!
  13. Beta on linking up Red, Snoqualmie, Kaleteen

    Kaleetan is a long ways from snoqualmie, red, and lundin. I'd leave out Kaleetan if you wanted to do that linkup, and do like Chair, the tooth and kaleetan or something like that.. maybe throw bryant up in there.
  14. Im lookin for an alpine rock partner for the next two days, kinda short notice.. I have a list im whittling away at but I'm down for pretty much anything good or that I haven't climbed. Long days with linkups or harder routes are what I'm looking to do though. Cheers!