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Boulder climber
Dec 16, 2010 - 08:37pm PT

Fellow Californians -- alert alert. Nothing in these pictures is as it appears. In the Cascades, what sometimes is considered legitimate mountain climbing rock looks absolutely, horrifyingly, deadly and loose. My limited experiences have taught me they are actually much, much worse.

Big Wall climber
Land of the Lahar
Dec 16, 2010 - 10:11pm PT
Now, if you can pull off a "summer" ascent of WW ... then you would be a hard man in my book. Muy Peligroso!

right here, right now
Dec 16, 2010 - 10:13pm PT
You have been holding out on us Reilly!
It was worth the wait.

Yes please: do tell more.
More pictures of adventures in the Pacific Northwest, another thread perhaps?
Inquiring minds ...

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 16, 2010 - 10:14pm PT
Nice bro!

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Dec 16, 2010 - 11:42pm PT
Great shots! I remember looking up at that wall with gnarly avalanches coming down back in 1998 (Liberty Ridge).


Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 16, 2010 - 11:56pm PT
This post got to me. I moved to Seattle from Fairbanks, where you stare south to Deborah Hess and Hayes, i.e. big fu'king awesome mountains (not that I climbed them), and I thought that was gone when I moved. Then you stare south from Seattle to the North Face of Rainier, and that's the Willis Wall, the you get close to it and it's scarier than all get up with all the hanging seracs.

Beautiful picutres Reily. When did you do it?


Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 17, 2010 - 12:03am PT
Esparza: Yes!

Your above photo of some of Willis wall to the left of Liberty Ridge, shows a bit of the overhanging and active "city-block-sized" ice cliffs above Willis Wall.

I had climbed in Alaska, before I first ventured in to Liberty Ridge in about 1980. After a late start on my first trip, with a bivy below Liberty Ridge: we retreated. My climbing partner, from Alaska, had stayed awake all night: listening to huge ice-falls off Willis Wall. He refused to go higher into what he perceived as: "a death-trap."

Reilly!---------hats off to making a winter ascent of Willis Wall BITD seem like just another climb.

Here's a slightly out of focus Liberty Ridge & Willis Wall in June 1980.
Slogged up Liberty Ridge, the next summer, with more willing partners.

Willis Wall was active and still "way scary."

Dec 17, 2010 - 12:50am PT
Wow Reilly, nice pics! That almost inspires me to want to get up there, if only your pictures could show all the stuff waiting to come down at you (or whizzing by).

Social climber
Dec 17, 2010 - 01:01am PT
Now this is a trip report!! ...love the multiple (and exhausting) approches not mentioned. True NW hard man style points ;)

Dec 17, 2010 - 01:06am PT
"Reilly!---------hats off to making a winter ascent of Willis Wall BITD seem like just another climb."

Hey! Only one hat to a person. But here is another hat off to clear your usage.

That is almost a closer look at Willis Wall than I want to see. We did see it from the living room in Seattle for 8 years. Weather and daylight permitting of course. My closer looks at Rainier and all the tales about it do provide good context for your matter-of-fact report. Be great to see or hear more.

Trad climber
Dec 17, 2010 - 09:39am PT
Dusan Jagersky is a name I haven't heard in a long time. He and Givler who left his mark in Leavenworth on a number of first ascents, were both lost in Alaska long ago. How time flies...

Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 17, 2010 - 12:21pm PT

bump to the front page!

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Dec 17, 2010 - 02:04pm PT
Holy shyte !

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2010 - 02:44pm PT
All right, I didn't provide a soundtrack originally because, frankly, I guess
I've got SFS - - - (Sally Fields Syndrome).
But you've asked for it so I'll add an addendum to the original post.

Dec 17, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
Went back and read the addendum. Excellent.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 17, 2010 - 04:44pm PT
Holy crap Reilly!!

Both of those tr's are great.

"Walking cast..." Great stuff.

Proud to have you as a neighbor. If I weren't stuck here waiting for the UPS guy I'd be on my way down with some ales right now...

"The first car of the train..." Yikes!

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 17, 2010 - 05:05pm PT
bada*s thread of the year!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2010 - 01:32pm PT
My palms get cold and sweaty at the mere thought of self-bumping but some
have said they wanted to see more (just being nice?).
I have obliged with some more pics and a lame soliloquy.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 23, 2010 - 01:44pm PT
More that nice...intetrested, like me!

Thanks for posting this TR from the minefield!

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 01:50pm PT
pretty cool adventure! Nice pics too.
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