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  1. Zig Zag, Mt. Erie, Pitch 2 retrobolted

    This summer Zigzag, the boat launch wall at Larrabee and a very good route in the Twin Sisters have all been retro bolted. I would assume by three different parties. I’d say it’s a general and growing trend. Drills are cheap and good. Being a route developer is in vogue, rock is a limited resource and our general cultural illness of “don’t tell me what to do” continues to grow. Expect to see a lot more of this in the near future.
  2. Bolts on Little Sister

    I did the Green Circuit this weekend with my daughter. This provided a very different perspective on the objective hazards of traveling though this range. We climbed Jaw Tooth/Skookum and the right side of central arete on Little Sister. While there's lots of solid rock the amount of loose debris on ledges just waiting to get knocked down on your belayer was startling. We dropped our gear to climb Skookum and then rappelled back down the northeast ridge with a single rope which was a very trying experience requiring several simply inadequate rappel anchors. On Little Sister we stayed further right of the supposed bolt anchors and did not find any on the upper ridge. So whatever bolting has occurred appears limited. The Northeast Face of Little Sister now has several piton-based rap anchors. While I've always downclimbed this face previously, these were welcome particularly after the prior days experience. I think the community as a whole would find it unacceptable for guide services (or anyone) to retrobolt existing well-traveled routes so ultimately no one should plan on those bolts still being there in the future, but personally I feel fairly cowed after taking responsibility for someone other than myself out there. One big change seems to be the number of guided groups now accessing Green Creek Valley. On the east side of Little Sister we encountered an AMGA guide certification group as well as a Canadian guide sussing out the range. The appeal is obvious, reasonably easy access a diverse variety of moderate terrain along with I presume a lack of regulation compared to other areas that are increasingly crowded/competitive. The amazing wilderness character of this valley would be seriously compromised if was stacked with multiple large parties every day of the week. I'm considering reaching out to the Forest Service to see if they have or care to have a management plan commercial guiding in the Twins. (And yes I realize the hypocrisy in my concern considering I spent years spraying about this place).
  3. Bolts on Little Sister

    Earth gods Angry Twin Sisters Earthquakes
  4. Bolts on Little Sister

    Not sure I have a leg to stand on but that seems totally unjustified. The arete was first climbed onsight solo by Ben Peterson eight years ago. Seems unlikely that they would have asked and he would have agreed to his line being bolted. It would be nice to know who the guides were and what guiding form they work for. If they feel their decision was reasonable they should be happy to defend it.. .
  5. Access to Twin Sisters Range

    Well that's a 180. People are dumb and I can't really blame considering what were already unusually dry soils and unprecedented heat. I got to think enforcement is nil though.
  6. Conditions: Ruth Mountain via Hannegan Pass

    Went again. ~6' of melting in 6 days. 1 sketching crossing and 1 solid left. Still snow under 5930' but probably not by end of weekend. Didn't know a snowpack could melt that quick.
  7. Access to Twin Sisters Range

    Sounds like Hampton takes a much chiller attitude than Weyerhauser in regards to public land access. That said, ungating that road maybe a bridge too far (though wouldn't that be something) https://www.hamptonlumber.com/sustainability/sustainable-forests/
  8. Conditions: Ruth Mountain via Hannegan Pass

    I was there last Wednesday. Half a dozen avi-debris covered side streams. Possibility of death uncertain. Bring a probe.
  9. Fred Beckey, on at least his first attempt, approached Slesse from south of the border. Probably Twin Lakes down into Silesia Creek. That would a fine and historic adventure to recreate in this summer(s) of Covid. Be careful, the border patrol seems to be flying the border on a daily basis though hard to believe anyone would be trying to get in.
  10. Sixteen years later we went back. Sixteen years is a long time. A lot has changed and a lot hasn't. That southeast buttress is still as good as ever.
  11. Trip: Twin Sisters - Obscurities Redux Trip Date: 08/23/2020 Trip Report: It's been a long time since I posted a trip report and even longer since I've gone explorer-ating in the Twin Sisters Range. Twelve, twelve! years ago Dave and I pushed, pedaled and slogged our way into the basin between the Twin Sisters to climb some nice rock on the obscure Block Tower. Obscurities The block is split clean through by a hand size crack, and while we had climbed the very short east face, the west side was much larger and steeper. I always wanted to go back but the approach-to-climbing ratio is pretty excessive and that logging road is just a soul sucking grind, particularly loaded down with a full rack. But in twelve years the world changes and e-bikes, well if not invented, at least became far more ubiquitous and I reached the point in life where one ended up in my garage. Plenty nice around town but it fundamentally transforms the experience of these long logging road approaches. The dreaded grind now feels like a casual ride to Sunday Farmers Market. Once you ditch the bike your legs are still fresh. Climbing the North Twin has become a casual afternoon jaunt. Highly recommended! So with a different friend we rolled in less than 45 minutes. The path into the basin seems far more beat in than it was ten years ago and people were scattered around in ways I had never seen. Really it's rather insane how busy everywhere has gotten, but I digress. As for the climb. The west face of Block and Arrowhead Towers are somewhere between 350'-400' tall and the rock quality is generally very good. We climbed two pitches (red) of low 5th-class ramps leading up and right to the much steeper upper half of the route. The first pitch was marred by a very chossy and unavoidable 3rd class gully. A far better start would be up clean north-facing slabs to the right of the tower (blue) to where you could scramble back left to below the headwall. The head wall was probably slightly less than 200' tall. You could do it in a single pitch but there's a perfect belay ledge at the base of the final splitter if you want to share the goods with your partner. The third pitch started out easy and a bit brittle. Fortunately rock quality improved as the angle increased. I stayed left of a very large detached block and climbed slightly overhung jugs with intermittent gear into the left of two parallel crack systems. It was heady but adequately protected. The final pitch is probably 40' in length but has absolute hero jamming through overhanging bulges. Both were maybe 5.9? Good stuff. A short rappel (make sure to TR the rap line) and a steep but easy scramble led down onto the glacier. From the col a series of 3 well-established raps led back down to the base of the climb. A nice climb, I'd go back. Other potential still abounds. Pitch 2 Pitch 4 From the Basin - Arrowhead Left & Block Tower Right Gear Notes: Doubles of small cams, single set #1=#4 maybe an extra #2 Approach Notes: E-bikes
  12. Lots of good rock in that valley but too far and too filthy to be worth the effort. Still plenty of potential up on Mamie Peak.
  13. How are the bugs on the ptarmigan?

    Bug net. <$10. You’re a tough guy right!?
  14. Climbing this spring (and maybe summer)

    In that they never enforced TH parking this not an actual change but if it makes you feel less guilty about getting out I guess that's good.
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