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boaz

outer space, leavenworth

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a few friends from colorado will be in town this weekend and want to hit up outerspace. I am hoping to find out if anyone else is planning to hit it the weekend of the 15, in a few days...

 

also, any one climb it this year? feel free to share any info you found helpfull during your climb...

 

thanks

 

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a I am hoping to find out if anyone else is planning to hit it the weekend of the

 

Many folks try to climb outer space every single weekend if it isn't raining. Not trying to be a d-bag but that is sort of like asking if anyone is going to be at Pearly Gates on the weekend. It is safe to say that unless your are incredibly motivated to get there early, someone will be in front of you and likely behind as well.

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I just checked the Outer Space sign out sheet. You're good to go between 9 am to about 2 pm! Hit it dude!

 

And good luck finding any beta on O/S. People tend to be tight lipped about the route.

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Do the Remorse start, it means more quality pitches. The regular start is a boring scramble for the 1st 2 pitches. Take a single 60M. Take a regular rack with 2 or 3 doubles in the hand size range.

 

There are no fixed belays so leader must save gear for the belay on every pitch. Take some nice light weight sticky hikers to carry over, you are walking off the back side, which you don't want to do in the dark if it's your first time.

 

There is ALWAYS someone on the route on the summer weekend. The only way to have half a chance of minimum traffic is to do the complete approach in the pre-dawn which is tricky if you've never done it. Otherwise just get in line and prepare to wait. Plan B if you don't want to wait is Orbit which is almost as good.

 

This is an alpine climb, watch out for rockfall, people have been struck at the base. Also heads up on the descent it has some route-finding and 4th class. Don't drop down too far before you start traversing back to the base and there is more 4th class on that traverse.

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This is an alpine climb

 

That's a bit of a stretch....

 

Okay, it has some alpine characteristics, it's alpine-ish.

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This is an alpine climb

 

That's a bit of a stretch....

 

The approach takes longer than that of the east face of liberty bell, and there are no bolted belays, and the rock is kind of shitty, and there's a bunch of lichen. Lets call it alpine cragging...

 

Oh and skip Outer Space entirely, it's not that good. Really overrated honestly, just go to Index instead and get on the new Park Ranger link-up, it's the same grade and needs the traffic.

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