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Nick Sweeney

[TR] Chimney Rock - Free Friends 07/06/2021

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Trip: Chimney Rock - Free Friends

Trip Date: 07/06/2021

Trip Report:

God damn! This route is incredibly high quality and STOUT at the supposed pitch ratings of 5.9+, 5.10c, and 5.8+.  It was a real pleasure getting up to Chimney again... better than I remembered.  Full report with photos: SPOKALPINE

Gear Notes:
Doubles .2-4, triples .75-2. We used it all.

Approach Notes:
Sounds like the Western approach is the fastest option, and I've heard tales of being able to cross over to the East Face on the south of chimney rather than hiking around the North side. For this trip, we took the Eastern (Pack River) approach to enjoy the scenic hiking and try something new,
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Yea we climbed Free Friends last week and approached from the Priest Lake side.  Once you get to the saddle just before going up to Roothaan you can take a trail around the north side of the mountain that stays high and crosses to the east side of the crest just north of Roothaan.  From there it is a pleasant walk along the east side of the crest to the East Face of Chimney Rock.  Approach is only a little over an hour this way!  Oh and the route is really good quality.

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