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About Verticolorful

  • Birthday 09/17/1987


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    Alpine Contractor
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    Leavenworth, Wa

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  1. Yeah the last two weekends have been SO BUSY up there. I would not be surprised if they extended the permit season in the next year or two....
  2. Trip: Washington Pass - NW Corner; NEWS and S Arete SEWS - Date: 6/12/2015 Trip Report: While Audrey was sleeping in till 8:00, I was was laying out the perfect rack on our living room floor. All I think about is climbing, so it's basically an automatic response to start fiddling with my cams while at home. After getting the gear ready I made coffee and food, and like clockwork Audrey walked down stairs. "Everything is ready to go, and I think we should go to Wa pass..?" She agreed. Gotta love this girl North and South Early Winters Spires BETA: Coming from the East, we parked right after the sign that says Blue Lake TH 1/2 Mile. After gearing up we crossed the road and walked West about 200 feet until the guard rail begins again on that side of the road. From here a faint trail leads to the Blue Lake Trail. SAVING A 1/2 MILE EACH WAY. Audrey following P3 of NW Corner It was sunny and windy like the forecast predicted, however the weather man must have forgot to mention that it would hail/snow on us right after getting on route.... Audrey on P4 NW Corner The NW Corner is a very good climb. I really enjoyed how physical the crux pitch is, especially when freezing cold from lack of sun and snow falling on us. We did the route in 4 pitches then rappelled down the west face rap line. Audrey free soloing P1 of The South Arete Audrey climbing up the Camel Humps At this point the sun started showing itself again and we refueled and tryed to warm up. I convinced Audrey that the best way to warm up would be to just walk over and solo the South Arete. Although a little aprensive, Audrey said she was down. She has never free soloed anything befor. The South Arete is mellow and offers great movement meditation in a perfect setting. Summit #2 for the day She did great! the solo never really warmed us up, but it was fun. Audrey has come so far in the last 2 years. I am so happy to be able to do my favorite things with my favorite person. Descending SEWS Gear Notes: double from .3 to #3 and one #4 was great for NW Corner Approach Notes: Blue Lake Trail is snow free and the climbers trail is partly snow free
  3. Nice! I climbed this earlier this year and got met by a white out conditions. Wish i could have seen the views like you guys dide
  4. Sick Dudes!! I love those routes. I am trying to get up to CBR this weekend actually.
  5. Dude some genius had a dog at the base of SEWS this last weekend too... Maybe respect the LAW and other peoples nature experience and leave your dogs at home?
  6. This is one of my favorite routes. such a good wall
  7. Trip: Washington Pass - West Face: NEWS, SW Rib and Hitchhiker: SEWS Date: 6/5/2015 Trip Report: Wa pass is one of my favorite places on Earth. Add in some amazing friends, pour in some sunny weather, and a dash of perfect rock climbing and you get perfection. Pitch 4 of West Face, NEWS Beau, Audie, and I left Leavenworth at about 6 in the morning and headed to Wa Pass to climb The West Face of NEWS. I have done this route before and it is SO GOOD! I led up to the crux pitch in 2 long pitches then Beau sent the crux. He climbed until the cracks petered out and made a belay. We only had a short 5.7 slab traverse between us and the summit. Short and oh so sweet! Pitch 5-6 of West Face, NEWS BETA: We rappelled about 30 feet to the climber's right of where we topped out. A handful of single rope rappels off of chain anchors will get you very close to the base of the route. This is in contrast to the guide book suggesting rappelling into the gully that holds snow for a long time. After that I floated across snow to the base of The South West Rib of SEWS. I dropped all my cumbersome, heavy climbing gear and took off on a free solo. A few parties were on route, but I was able to pass them at belays. I was able to downclimb the section that people usually rappel, right before the summit. It felt perfect; the moment meditation and situational awareness of free soloing is kida spiritual. I love making this deep inner connection while in the mountains. I down climbed the South Arete and headed back to my car. The next day was the big one for me. The Hitchhiker! I have wanted to do this route for a couple years, but I never felt strong enough to take it down without help. This year is a little different; the lack of a Winter allowed me to boulder as much as I physically could. Bouldering increased my strength as well as technical ability and it was a lot of fun too! A View of the Hitchhiker on approach We left the hairpin at about 6 in the morning and traveled on dirt and rocks most of the way to the route. We roped up and started climbing just as another group showed up from the Blue Lake TH approach. We all laughed and joked our way up one of the best routes in the state. Anya and I were even nice enough to leave our #4 in the wide crack traverse for them to clip. 11a slab pitch At first I was a little off put by the wandering nature of this line, but that actually added a lot to the flavor of the climbing. My partner Anya said the route is like a taste tester of beer because each pitch is a little different and almost every pitch is 10+ or 11- (similar alcohol percentages). We flew up the route. We topped out around 1:00, chilled in some shade near the summit and talked about life. The climbing on the Hitchhiker is very fun plus all the bolts and anchors make climb easy and safe. The route is clean, on perfect rock in a beautiful location. BETA: The Supertopo guide is kinda weird for pitch 8. Travel left up a wide but easy track once you almost reached a small tree with slings on it, look up. You will see the bolts for the 5.10 slab. Mommy and baby goat Gear Notes: Less is more. Approach Notes: Snow is consolidated and melting quickly.
  8. My buddy Phin forgot his helmet at the summit plateau of Acid Baby. if anybody climbs that route soon and finds it. he will give you beers.
  9. Here is a topo I made a while ago. I used this yesterday and did not notice any big mistakes.
  10. Trip: Colchuck Balanced Rock and Aasguard Pass - Leche La Vaca (CBR) and Acid Baby Date: 5/19/2015 Trip Report: Good Climbs, Good Times. Audrey and I left the trailhead around 7 am and set a nice leisurely pace. Upon arriving at Colchuck Lake, we turned left towards the climbers path starting by the dam on the North end of the lake. We arrived at the huge boulder below Colchuck Balanced Rock a little before 11. We dropped our backpacks, ate food then headed to the base of Leche La Vaca. Audrey on pitch 2 of Leche La Vaca. We scrambled up the short chimney section of Pitch 1 and set up belay on a small ledge. I attempted to link the rest of P1 into P2 but I got held down by serious rope drag, that upgraded to a pinched rope for the follower. Oops. I finished P2 in a short pitch, ending at a chill ledge. Pitch 3 is super fun, and gives the flavor of what CBR lovingly provides (Steep splitters!). After another 5.10 pitch we got to the mellow terrain and simu-climbed to the balanced rock summit. We swung the rope up and over the boulder, so I could give Audrey a belay on the very special boulder problem, I soloed up and together we enjoyed the breathtaking views from the top. Me bouldering the balanced rock of CBR. The clouds provided us with a 5 star sunset as we sipped cocktails made of bourbon and hot coco. The full day of movement made us happy to crawl into our sleeping bags. We woke up early and started down the old approach to CBR (the one described in Select Climbs Vol 1). Our friends Phin and Madeline met us at the lake. The ladies sun bathed and drew on sketch paper as Phin and I started up the boot track of Aasgard pass. Phin high up on Acid Baby Acid baby is one of the finest climbs in the Stuart Range. I love how sustained it is; The entire route is 5.9 to 5.10+ and has amazing views. Exposed ridge travers of Acid Baby. This is the year for everyone to climb THAT climb you have always wanted to. It is time to get in shape, and start reading the guidebooks.
  11. The cam. nut, sling and locker are mine! Thank you SO much!! I climbed Outerspace and Hyperspace about two weeks ago before the little snow that fell, then went back to get on Edge of Space and the snow held us down. I owe you some beers.
  12. Phin and I did this baby car to car on May 12th. WHAT A FUN CLIMB!!!! I had a HUGE smile on my face all day. We really appreciated the steps you guys put in for us
  13. I in no way intended to make this into a locals versus non local argument. As you see my actions do not reflect the views of all other locals. I understand and respect everyone's opinion; just like many things in life there are two sides to the argument. Unforunitaly I already drilled the holes and placed a Fixe wedge bolt in each one. If someone feels so compelled to chop them please consider the fact that the holes are already in the rock. Removing the bolts will leave scars that will always be visible (even if you use epoxy and dust). From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I only intended to share climbing with people that love it as much as we do. It leaves me feeling very drained to see so many people getting upset, when I (in my mind) was trying to do good. PM me if you wanna hate some more, and stop making us all look like whinny little kids.
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