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Hey, I've climbed for a while, but I'm new to climbing in the cascades. Looking through the guide books there seem to be a lot of great routes around Washington Pass.

 

I was wondering what others might recommend as a good route to do your first time up there. I can lead in the 5.10 range.

 

Thanks

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You can lead in the 5.10 range at the gym? At Exit 38? At Index? Not trying to give you a hard time, just getting a better read on what skillz you'll be taking with you.

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South Early Winter Spire, East Buttress Direct, North Early Winter Spire, NW Corner

Burgandy Spire, North Face

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Sorry for not being more clear. I've climbed at Index a bunch.

 

Thanks Dan

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I'd go with the first two of DPS' recommendations, though perhaps not the N Face of Burgundy (in my opinion it was a lot of work for five or six pitches -- though the last three were indeed excellent).

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Other great routes include

 

SW Ridge of S Early 7-8 pitch 5.8 on great rock

 

W Face of N Early 4 pitch 5.10+ with a short crux

 

E Face of Lexington great rock, bring a big cam!

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Liberty Crack! It has many (6?) *** pitches between 5.7 and 5.9. Highly featured, solid granite, and steep! You just gotta get through (or have someone with you to lead) the aid pitches at the start [big Grin] .

 

NW Corner of NEWS is also excellent. It only has 3 *** pitches, but is much less work than LC.

 

Haven't done the DEB SEWS but (almost) everyone raves about it.

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Feck, do the Beckey Route.

 

[ 07-09-2002, 12:42 PM: Message edited by: pope ]

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