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Anybody have any info or photo's on the amount of snow and climbability on SCW, as well as L-worth in general.

 

Thanks.

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It looked pretty wet this weekend (at least most of the Pearly Gates - I did not get a look at the face itself).

 

Bridge Creek Campground is still closed due to snow and there is quite a bit along the road still even in Tumwater. If the temps stay warm like they are now, things should change soon, however (maybe 3 weeks?).

 

 

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most "lowland" crags in the Icicle & Tumwater canyons are climbable now, but there's still a LOT of snow not far above -- so much of SCW could still be "mixed" ground.

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Once had a great trip up SCW with snow on the approach hike up and a patch on the top. Route was dry except for the last easy pitch once the sun was melting the snow patch. Kicking steps in the snow to make an anchor at the tree was "fun".

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I was out there yesterday to climb Outer Space. The wall is completely dry and the descent is snow free. Ticks are crawling on the wall though. I found about a dozen on me while climbing. My buddy saw one climb the wall and jump at him!

 

The climbers trail is buried in significant blow down making it hard to follow.

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Yeah, the ticks are pretty bad this year. I dont usually get too bothered by em but they are out in full force this season.

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hey locals, any idea when the tick population returns to a normal level? I was thinking that may was a "normal" tick time period.

 

was thinking of heading out there next weekend for a fam camping/chill climbing weekend. If memory serves right, it seems like the farther you get away from the road, the ticks get worse. True?

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Gene,

 

My experience is that the leavenworth ticks follow snow line. They're peaking right now. May is not nearly as bad.

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Had a great time climbing puzzle palace today... Ticks were out of control from the offramp boulder all the way to puzzle. The approach was a nightmare because of it.

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I put on some repellent and had no problem, not a single tick, even after doing some pretty intense bush whacking.

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I have some 98% deet spray, but i'm hesitant to use that shit these days... Anyone use any sort of natural repellent with good results?

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Climbed Outer Space yesterday. Yes ticks were bad but no big deal. Just pick them off when you get done with the day. None of them stuck on me long enough to get stuck on my skin. Nice day out there, dry rock.

 

-Nate

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Take it from one who has seen tick borne illnesses on their child and their friend - 100% DEET can't possibly harm you as much.

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I have some 98% deet spray, but i'm hesitant to use that shit these days... Anyone use any sort of natural repellent with good results?

 

Try the natural Lemon Eucalyptus - reviews are varied, but it seems to work for me and not as toxic as 100% Deet.

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Take it from one who has seen tick borne illnesses on their child and their friend - 100% DEET can't possibly harm you as much.

 

+1000

 

I grew up in NY and Lyme Disease is no joke (not sure if it's in WA) but I've been "DEETING" since a young lad and have no ill effects that I know of. My sister picked up Lyme and STILL has joint issues a decade after..

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