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bwwakaranai

skagit county rock guide

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I know there has been a few others developing routes at Cumberland Crags and other Skagit cliffs. My recent hobby has been to compile a list of routes put up in the area in hopes to eventually making a Skagit County guidebook.

While my budget is low, motivation is high, and the more I climb these cliffs the more I'm attracted to them. So far areas include Cumberland Crags (7 Mile, Coal, and Iron Mt), Umbrella Rock, Calendar Butte, an Erie Select, and Rosario. Would I love to add Split Rock and Equinox Rock. Yes...but

If you have any new route info, history, pictures, stories, or beta to any of these places mentioned and are willing to share your experiences, please contact me as I hope to start making a demo copy this winter.

Thanks,

-Brandon

 

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Brandon: I have some of Dallas Kloke's notes on the Coal Mountain crag if you are interested.

 

Steve

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I forgot to add, and probably most importantly...

Please include any stories, pictures, history, etc. Related to Dallas Kloke and these areas. My history with Dallas was somewhat dissconnect from

others who had climbed with him. It would be great to hear about some of

your adventures with him especially at the previously mentioned crags.

He was the one who introduced me to the potential in the Skagit. I owe him

a lot but alas I can never give back what he has given to me, beyond a glimpse

into a past adventure. I think he is looking down on us smiling, and glad that

we continue to play on the same cliffs he came to cherish.

 

bwwakaranai@gmail.com

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Hey great Steve! I have a cut and staple guide he gave to me but Id love

to check it out and hear about some of the routes you guys did out there.

 

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Big Rock is another nice skagit (sport) cliff. Easy access and difficulty varies from 5.6 to 5.10b, I believe. Most or all of the bolts are new and in good condition. Mountain Project has a good page on this area to get you started should you decide to include it. While the page is listed under "Bellingham area climbing," the cliff is actually just south of the Big Rock Grocery in Mt. Vernon on Highway 9.

 

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/big-rock/107329455

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Perfect Mason! Thanks for the link. Ill get up there to try and take some pics for topos. If you guys have any climbing action shots you might want to contribute, send them my way.

-Brandon

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I have no info, but I'm interested in the completed project. How about throwing Whatcom county into the hopper too? Recruit a partner if that's not your turf maybe?

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I'd be all for that idea if there was someone who might want to collaberate. Its sort of a homegrown idea, just so you know. I Was going to bind at home and photo topos are J-peg quality so no frills. There are around 130+ pitches listed so far so I think its worthy of some documentation. I know of Bat Caves, Gov Lister, Larabee, Mt. Baker Rocks, and I hear of some goodies up by Hannagen Pass. One advantage of binding at home is that there could be versions 1, 1.25, 1.50 etc. More than whatcom area it would be really neat to complete the Skagit co crags by getting some info on Equinox and Split rock. We could even leave out approach beta if access is an issue. I mostly want to see a complete list of routes done out here since tis is mehome and there is surprisingly a wealth of great climbing in the Skagit lowlands, and I also welcome traffic on

the 30+ pitches I've put up. Everyone who's put a brush to the rock out here knows that the the black stuff will be back without some action.

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FWIW, Fairhaven Books in Bellingham has an on-demand press downstairs. You can set up an account with them, and then they'll print the book as needed. I don't know what the split is - I'm sure its not as favorable as if the Mountaineers Press was publishing, but it may be worth saving you the time and effort.

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Sounds like a good project. Regarding Dallas, don't worry about paying him back for showing you cool crags. Pay it FORWARD to the next generation!

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FWIW, Fairhaven Books in Bellingham has an on-demand press downstairs. You can set up an account with them, and then they'll print the book as needed. I don't know what the split is - I'm sure its not as favorable as if the Mountaineers Press was publishing, but it may be worth saving you the time and effort.

 

Thanks Chris, Ill check into Fairhaven Books, sounds perfect.

 

and well said Rad. I need to get the next generation up on some of these routes I can't finish too :)

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Dallas would be proud Brandon, that sounds like a great project! I can put you in touch with a few folks that would know a lot more than myself, look for the email.

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Sweet Mike! Always awesome to hear of your years adventures in China. Youve got that project at Iron Mt. you need to finish up when you come back.

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