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[TR] Salish Peak - Flight of the Falcon 5.10b/c 06/18/2018

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Trip: Darrington - Flight of the Falcon 5.10b/c

Trip Date: 06/18/2018

Trip Report:

 

There is plenty of information available about this route, both on this website and in Cascades Rock. Nothing has changed regarding approach details or the route itself. Some of the "dry" creekbeds that are recommended during the approach had running water in them, but were drying up as we were exiting. Also, the entire basin below Salish is still snow-filled. The snow was soft for us and there was no need for ice axes/crampons. We did fine in approach shoes.

 

We found the climbing to be spectacular, fun, and well protected. One note: if you aren't psyched on the "dirty 5.8 slot" that is described as the second to last pitch (pitch 8 if you want to summit, which of course you do) it can easily be bypassed on the climber's left by low 5th class, bushy, protectable cracks. 

 

Pitch 2, with Three Fingers Peak in background:

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The impressive Waterfall Basin, with the huge bivy boulder in the center:

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Gear Notes:
Singel rack to 3" was good, 12 QD's, 2 60 meter ropes if you are going to rap.

Approach Notes:
A good sense of humor and attention to detail will serve you well.

Edited by hefeweizen

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I'm assuming you did the walk off?  A friend and I did the Roan Wall - Salish linkup car to car on Tuesday 6/19 and there were some tracks coming off the peak.

That approach certainly keeps the riff raff away. Jeez.

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Nice John! We saw you guys on the Roan as we were walking out. We had thought about doing Center Stage that day but deemed it too hot for our tender toes. We did do the walk off, you definitely want to go west off the summit until it's obviously non-technical to descend south. As long as you do that it's chill. 

 

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