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[TR] Darrington - 3 O'clock Rock - Silent Running 10/15/2013

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Trip: Darrington - 3 O'clock Rock - Silent Running

 

Date: 10/15/2013

 

Trip Report:

Don't put the skis on just yet! Despite the gloom that has been hanging around for much of the day in the lowlands, Indian summer is in full effect up in the hills. The Darrington crags are in fine, dry shape right now and temps are perfect for D-town slab dancing.

 

This past Columbus Day, Kit, Steve, and myself finally got around to ticking off the classic Silent running and weren't disappointed. We had the entire area to ourselves and the weather couldn't have been better. I'd highly recommend the 7th bonus pitch also, and felt that it wasn't much harder than the other "9+" pitches that preceded it. Well protected too. Either Dave's or Matt's topos (we had both) are great, so there is no need to worry about gear or route finding. A fun route! We finished the day with a bit of climbing in the afternoon sun at the Great Arch. Given the forecast, D-town looks to be great for another week!

 

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Do we go for the bonus pitch? Yes!!

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Exfoliation Dome looks to be in fine shape as well right now:

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Gear Notes:

Standard D-town rack to 2" plus 10 draws

 

Approach Notes:

Clear Creek Rd to Squire Creek Pass trail. Silent running starts right where the trail hits the slab.

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How one could climb this route and not do the final pitch is incomprehensible. Defenitely 5.10 though.

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Darrington's obscurity is half of it's charm... but on the flip side, you don't have to worry about the road to Smith getting obliterated to save $

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