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5 Worst Routes in PNW

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Carderrock is insanely greasy/slippery/polished/crowded, some kind of weird dark compact metamorphic rock something (some kinda schist I would guess?...Dru?). and Great Falls, the area on the other side of the P. river isn't really any better, although the routes seemed longer...by longer I mean more than the 35' boulder problems masquearding as "routes" at Carderrock....so maybe 50'.

 

That said, Seneca is spectacular. Highly recommended if you find yourself over there. The NRG is a much better area for quantity and variety, but Seneca has a setting that's hard to beat for the east and everything from unforgettable 5.easy adventure routes (e.g. Skyline traverse) to sandbagged eye opening trad lines to hard sport routes. The summit(s) are wild, perched as they are on the ridge of this huge fin of quartzite.

 

There are few areas as beautiful as Seneca in peak fall colors.

big second on that - seneca's the only thing i miss about the east coast

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North Face of Pilchuck: piss, orange peels and broken glass.

 

That is why you don't do that in the summer.

 

Don't forget the various remains of gumbie hikers.

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Carderrock is insanely greasy/slippery/polished/crowded, some kind of weird dark compact metamorphic rock something (some kinda schist I would guess?...Dru?). and Great Falls, the area on the other side of the P. river isn't really any better, although the routes seemed longer...by longer I mean more than the 35' boulder problems masquearding as "routes" at Carderrock....so maybe 50'.

 

That said, Seneca is spectacular. Highly recommended if you find yourself over there. The NRG is a much better area for quantity and variety, but Seneca has a setting that's hard to beat for the east and everything from unforgettable 5.easy adventure routes (e.g. Skyline traverse) to sandbagged eye opening trad lines to hard sport routes. The summit(s) are wild, perched as they are on the ridge of this huge fin of quartzite.

 

There are few areas as beautiful as Seneca in peak fall colors.

big second on that - seneca's the only thing i miss about the east coast

 

Plus there's a pizza place there where you can BYOB and sit on the deck. Good times.

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North Face of Pilchuck: piss, orange peels and broken glass.

 

That is why you don't do that in the summer.

 

Don't forget the various remains of gumbie hikers.

 

And dogs.

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Last summer we went up to Leavenworth and were advised to hit up Givler's Dome. We endured the scree and scrambling for an hour and a half, then came to a portion of the approach that looked a wee bit tricky so we decided to rope up. After finishing that brief section we decided it wasn't really even worth roping up for. Then we discovered that that was the route. I'm sorry, but that route blows. smile.gif

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Horseshit.

Givler's crack is fun to solo. The friction climb with the widely spaced bolts up there is tricky. Bo Derek is fun.

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Last summer we went up to Leavenworth and were advised to hit up Givler's Dome. We endured the scree and scrambling for an hour and a half, then came to a portion of the approach that looked a wee bit tricky so we decided to rope up. After finishing that brief section we decided it wasn't really even worth roping up for. Then we discovered that that was the route. I'm sorry, but that route blows. smile.gif

 

that doesn't sound like Givler's at all.

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Anything bolted"

 

I love that shit. Every year, crags get more crowded, but the most dramatic increase I see is with people climbing cracks. So, yeah, word up, bolted routes suck! Now go enjoy the queue at the base of Lion's Jaw. rolleyes.gif

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Good segway back to the thread topic ... Lion's Jaw has to be one of the most overrated (in terms of quality) climbs I've ever done.

 

Diedre is pretty overhyped too (but certainly kicks ass on Lion's Jaw).

 

You didn't hear that from me though Geek_em8.gif

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Good segway back to the thread topic ... Lion's Jaw has to be one of the most overrated (in terms of quality) climbs I've ever done.

 

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Aw, man, I always thought Lion's Jaw was fun. More people should climb it, I think. With the gear they bought after they sold their quickdraws! thumbs_up.gif

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