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curtveld

Favorite pitches at Darrington?

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Great thread Curt- Here goes...

 

5.4 or less- Chrome Dome SE face approach(sweet water worn features and a huge quartz dike just before you gain the dome proper)

5.5- Cornucopia P1

5.6- Big Tree P1

5.7- Magic Bus P1

5.8-Broad Daylight P1 (knobs and overlaps), Total Soul P3 crack/seam

5.9- Baloney Pony P1 on Baloney Dome (fun layback when clean, great discontinuous knobs higher), Excalibur Flake(with the no hands rest)

.10a- Silent Running bonus pitches, Slab Daddy P10, Centerstage (1st real pitch off the bench)

.10b- Urban Bypass ( just prior to rejoining Dreamer where it thins out)

.10c- Pig Iron P3? on Wawetkin Dome. (sparse knobs on steepening headwall), Holy Grail P5,( knobs but not one extra),

.10d- Centerstage crux pitch (tenuous pure friction with a tiny dish), Ancient Melodies P5(tight steep friction dihedral very sustained footwork)

 

MH

 

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Just last August by yours truly. Needs a good brushin' though for about 25 feet. Typical... :anger:

 

MH

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So I guess I'll chime in as well, since it is my favorite topic.

5.4 or less - South face Chrome dome (almost 4,000 ft of class 4 and easy 5th on super clean, polished stone).

5.7 or less - "Under The Boardwalk" (always fun!)

5.8 - "Till broad daylight" P1 ; "Excalibur" P1 (both have good athletic moves for the grade).

5.9 - the "Blue Crack" on Dreamer P6; the flake pitch on "Excalibur" P6 ( super fun on fantastic stone)

5.10a - "Waterfall Buttress" P5 (Nice clean finger crack on a flat face in an amazing location)

5.10b - "The Holy Grail" P5 ( In my opinion the best pitch in Darrington, bar none)

5.10c - "Centerstage" P1 (Credit card edges don't get any better)

5.10d - Excalibur" P8 (Fantastic crack and face moves on the cleanest rock in D-Town)

5.11A or harder - "Centerstage" P5 "Schitzophrenic" P7 (Very tenuous moves on superb rock way up in the air. It doesn't get much better than this)

 

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There are like two feet of freshiez out there!
And very few of these lines have had first descents yet. Some real opportunities for bold skiers.

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The Granite Sidewalk is calling. I've often fantasized about a runner sled on that thing, until you hit the frog pond, ouch!

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There are like two feet of freshiez out there!
And very few of these lines have had first descents yet. Some real opportunities for bold skiers.

 

 

YIKES! :shock:

 

I have been on the Sidewalk in Winter with terrible snow conditions and a warming trend. That was one of THE scariest things I have ever done. I will pass on a repeat of any of that nonsense!

 

:)

 

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Favorite pitches watching someone else lead at Darrington:

 

Dan leading the Rash

 

Steven leading the Cloven Hoof pitch 1, lots of cussing and moaning, many unsavory remarks uttered toward the first ascentionist (hanman)

 

Mark leading pitch 3 on other side of the traxs, lots of cussing and moaning, many unsavory remarks uttered toward the rist ascentionist (steven)

 

Mark leading pitch 3 of the Big Four Tower Route, actually I didn't get to see it, but I could hear it while climbing the pitch below, lots of cussing and moaning, many unsavory remarks uttered toward the first ascentionist (steven)

 

Mark leading pitch 3 of Romantica right about the time I realized one of the double ropes was sliced half way through as it passed through my belay device.

 

Don leading pitch 2 off width of The Ultimatum, a fair amount of grunting and whining and some blood

 

Jeremy leading pitch 2 super steep pitch of rolling thunder, then calling it 11a/b, Hah, then throw him up on the near by 10c slab around the corner to the right (can't remember the name, but its a great pitch) and he has a shit fit cause it slab and "stupid" mostly cause he was scared and couldn't rely on his super human grip to yard himself up it :)

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I can't believe this thread! Everyone knows Darrington sucks.. it's totally dirty and rainy and nobody cool climbs there.... sheesh! It's happening at Vantage these days gentlemen!

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I heard only father rapers, mother stabbers and those with unnatural proclivities for goats and the occasional sheep frequent this moss infested hell hole

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it's totally dirty and rainy and nobody cool climbs there.... sheesh! It's happening at Vantage these days gentlemen!

 

Well in December, yeah, no argument there

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Everyone knows Darrington sucks..
a few wannabes think it's relevant since it got written up in that Weekend Rock book..

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I have never climbed there but this thread is worth the absolute zero effort required to find out about it.

 

I was going to try to find it once but got distracted and hiked Mt. Pugh instead.

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I have never climbed there but this thread is worth the absolute zero effort required to find out about it.

 

I was going to try to find it once but got distracted and hiked Mt. Pugh instead.

 

That's too bad.

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