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[TR] Washington Pass - NW Corner; NEWS and S Arete SEWS - 6/12/2015

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Trip: Washington Pass - NW Corner; NEWS and S Arete SEWS -

 

Date: 6/12/2015

 

Trip Report:

While Audrey was sleeping in till 8:00, I was was laying out the perfect rack on our living room floor. All I think about is climbing, so it's basically an automatic response to start fiddling with my cams while at home. After getting the gear ready I made coffee and food, and like clockwork Audrey walked down stairs. "Everything is ready to go, and I think we should go to Wa pass..?"

She agreed.

Gotta love this girl

 

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North and South Early Winters Spires

 

BETA: Coming from the East, we parked right after the sign that says Blue Lake TH 1/2 Mile. After gearing up we crossed the road and walked West about 200 feet until the guard rail begins again on that side of the road. From here a faint trail leads to the Blue Lake Trail. SAVING A 1/2 MILE EACH WAY.

 

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Audrey following P3 of NW Corner

 

It was sunny and windy like the forecast predicted, however the weather man must have forgot to mention that it would hail/snow on us right after getting on route....

 

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Audrey on P4 NW Corner

 

The NW Corner is a very good climb. I really enjoyed how physical the crux pitch is, especially when freezing cold from lack of sun and snow falling on us. We did the route in 4 pitches then rappelled down the west face rap line.

 

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Audrey free soloing P1 of The South Arete

 

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Audrey climbing up the Camel Humps

 

At this point the sun started showing itself again and we refueled and tryed to warm up. I convinced Audrey that the best way to warm up would be to just walk over and solo the South Arete. Although a little aprensive, Audrey said she was down. She has never free soloed anything befor. The South Arete is mellow and offers great movement meditation in a perfect setting.

 

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Summit #2 for the day

 

She did great! the solo never really warmed us up, but it was fun. Audrey has come so far in the last 2 years. I am so happy to be able to do my favorite things with my favorite person.

 

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Descending SEWS

 

Gear Notes:

double from .3 to #3 and one #4 was great for NW Corner

 

Approach Notes:

Blue Lake Trail is snow free and the climbers trail is partly snow free

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