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[TR] Washington Pass - Liberty Crack and West Face NEWS 9/6/2014

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Trip: Washington Pass - Liberty Crack and West Face NEWS


Date: 9/6/2014


Trip Report:

It's early Fall which ushers in prime WA Pass season. Dean and I jumped on the perfect weather to climb Liberty Crack on Liberty Bell as well as the West Face route on North Early Winter Spire. This was Dean's first time climbing up there so I wanted to give him a good tour.

Much has been written on these oft-climbed routes so I will just add eye candy and bullet point beta.


**We pitched out the first 3 pitches then combined 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10 to the top. With a 70m rope, each pitch after the 3rd was 68 to 70m pitches.


**the horror story fixed heads of pitch 3 have been removed thank God and replaced with healthy looking heads.


**we launched at 7:30am and summited at 2pm.


**on the West Face of NEWS, we climbed in 3 pitches. I've never understood climbers on the West Face who pitch that route out to 5 or 6 pitches, even with a 70m rope! Why do 60' pitches, thereby creating annoying bottlenecks on the route?!


Nevertheless, we had both routes to ourselves and couldn't have asked for a better day of smoke free climbing!




The extra rope in the photo is some party's fixed line...







West Face





Edited by telemarker

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