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Darrington Dark Rhythm

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My climbing partner Aaron and I made a journey back into the Darrington wild last Saturday 7/26. A day after the clouds had cleared. Not another soul in sight but a Bobcat crossing the road on the way in. We camped on the road near the start up the slab that leads to the foot of Exfoliation Dome. Moist early morning slab made for some scrambling through the woods instead of climbing the slab to the foot of the cliffs. We soon found ourselves a few hundred feet up the amazing granite peak. As we are Oregonians the slabby granite took a little while for our Smith-worn fingers and toes to get used to it but soon we found the top and our way back down via the West Slabs descent.


Aaron hanging out around pitch 3:



The view from pitch 4:



Exfoliation Dome looking directly at Dark Rhythm:


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No damaged hardware and nothing like this in Oregon! Only complaint is a more permanent rap station for the first decent onto west slab. Seemed like there was plenty of good spots for a couple of bolts and a ring. Can't wait to go back!

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