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[TR] Exfoliation Dome - West Buttress & Westward Ho 8/12/2012

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Trip: Exfoliation Dome - West Buttress & Westward Ho


Date: 8/12/2012


Trip Report:

We hiked up the granite sidewalk in sweltering heat Saturday afternoon and set up camp just below the base of Westward Ho, then sat around until about 6PM waiting for temps to cool before heading up Westward...


The routes from camp



Pitch 1



Some unroped guy in need of rescue



Shadows from Three Fingers


We were treated to spectacular views of the meteor shower Saturday night, while enjoying some delicious wine! The next morning we got started on the West Buttress at 8:30AM, topping out on the summit about 2:30PM and enjoyed refreshingly warm beer and margarita in a can prior to the always fun descent...another perfect weekend in Darrington!


West Buttress P2



Top of P3



Leading off P4



Looking down P4









Sitting on the summit



Summit View


Gear Notes:

Gear to 3 inches and 10 slings


Approach Notes:

Hot granite sidewalk

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You see Smed all cliffed out stuck on a ledge?! Yelling for us to hurry up and get a rope to him! Little panic attack unroped mid fourth pitch! Good times, wish you'd have been there!

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I forgot to mention...If anyone is going up Westward Ho anytime soon, take a wrench...we ran into numerous loose nuts! And not just the kind hanging out unroped on exposed ledges!

Edited by benmurphy

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