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Tom_Sjolseth

first ascent [TR] Assassin Spire - NW Face (IV, WI4+) FA

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Sounds like it's time to dynamite that hanging glacier back a few hundred feet, add some bolts on that rock and TR the WI6! I'll offer my services to film it from well out of danger's way. ;)

 

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Don't forget the nitro. Just got to wait for it to turn sunny to set it off.

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add some bolts on that rock

 

If you fell on a bolt on the Black Buttes wouldn't it pull the whole mountain down on top of you?

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I think a pulled bolt up there just might result in a Toba-style mega eruption.

Edited by Choada_Boy

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Wow, I'd have to say that is was a classic climb any way you look at it. FA, great photos, and what an awesome route. How did you guys protect yourselves on the decent?

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Sounds like it's time to dynamite that hanging glacier back a few hundred feet, add some bolts on that rock and TR the WI6! I'll offer my services to film it from well out of danger's way. ;)

it'll be gone soon enough :cry:

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Beautiful Ascent! Great pictures too!

 

I'm glad to see that others were out enjoying the exceptional conditions that late Feb and early March offered. Well done guys!

 

I hadn't checked the forum lately, but The Alpinist provided some good info that got me back on the web. Perhaps an article and some pics in #30 is in the works...

Edited by DaveLeo

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awesome job guys! those photos have been distracting me from finals since you posted this. you should submit this to the AAJ.

 

if you don't mind explaining to a PNW noob, why approach up the Middle fork of the Noonsack instead of the normal heliotrope trailhead?

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Congratulations! What an amazing FA/FWA and collection of pictures!

Nothing short of superbly astounding, gentlemen.

Your names will surely be inscribed in the PNW's climbing lore with this ascent.

 

...I was in the Prowler that did the fly-by when you were summiting. I was doing a quick conditions check for a possible attempt later this month...

I just love this part... our tax payer dollars going for a route scope. Priceless!!!1

That is tax money that I will gladly pay! You go, Trent! :)

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Nieve... The Warm Creek approach via the Middle Fork of the Nooksack appeared to be the most direct approach route to us. It worked out to be ~5 miles and 3200' gain to camp from the TH. I think it would have worked out to be about the same (in terms of time spent) if we started from the Heliotrope Ridge TH.

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