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Member Since: Apr 27, 2006
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Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Icicle Creek : Clamshell Cave : GRTC (5.10b)
By: Ray Birks When: May 26, 2008

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Comments: Just climbed it today 5/26/2008 and the anchor was there. Very fun climb. The crux is about bolt 3-4 where it gets slabby and thin.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Tumwater Canyon : Castle Rock : South Face, Jello Tower (5.8+)
By: Ray Birks When: Apr 27, 2006

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Comments: This climb was harder than I thought it would be and definitley gets an 8+ or a 9 rating (maybe). It is very exposed and steep through the first crack section but you can put some gear in below the bulge. There is a bolt above the bulge but to pull through it was somewhat difficult. After that it's pretty straightforward to the chains.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Tumwater Canyon : Castle Rock : Saber (5.5)
By: Ray Birks When: Apr 27, 2006

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Comments: I agree that it's a bit of a sandbag. We started just to the right of the ramp and made a little traverse to get onto the ramp itself. The route moves left after the crack/ramp and traverses a bit until you get to a huge homemade anchor below the second pitch. We broke the second pitch into two pitches just to give others a chance to lead. You can walk off to the right and get back to your stuff.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Icicle Creek : 8-Mile Rock : Classic Crack (5.8+)
By: Ray Birks When: Apr 27, 2006

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Comments: Very fun and very consistent for its grade. You can also top rope this and the others next to it before trying your hand at the lead. Easy access to the road makes this popular on weekends.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Icicle Creek : Givler's Dome : Givler's Crack (5.7+)
By: Ray Birks When: Apr 27, 2006

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Comments: The hike takes over half an hour. The route itself is very fun simply because the crack is consistent and there are lots of gear placements. The beginning is awkward and that's where the 5.7+ comes in. I thought it was harder than that but you can bypass the beginning by walking around to the right and up the ramp. We broke it up into three pitches so we could all lead. I led to the ramp, and then up to the top of the flake, and then up the crack about 3/4 of the way. My wife led the last ... more >>