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Washington Pass Climbing
Authors: Ian Nicholson
Routes:  59 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 4th/5.2-5.13a, C1-C3
Pages: 248 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, August 2012

 


Washington Pass Climbing is the most detailed climber’s guide to what is arguably the best alpine rock climbing area in the Northwest. Author Ian Nicholson included 59 of the best routes and climbed every single one to ensure accuracy of the information. Nearly 20 of the routes have never before been covered with a published topo. 

This book includes formerly obscure climbs and variations of all grades to provide more options for avoiding crowds. Included routes feature everything from short 4th class scrambles to 5.13 big walls. While the book features many hard test pieces in the region, there is a generous selection of moderate multi-pitch climbs in the 5.6-5.10 range. 

Features available in both Print Books and eBooks:  
59 of the most classic climbs from the Beckey Route to Spontaneity Arête
20 never-before published topos
the best free and clean big walls, including Liberty Crack and Thin Red Line

Most accurate and complete beta ever for Washington Pass
First ascent history
Loaded with full-page photos of color climbing action and rock formations


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Review
d"Getting lost on the way to the base of any of the climbs listed in this guide would be not only embarrassing, but perhaps a sign that your routefinding might not meet the challenge of any route that notes that it will be necessary." - SummitPost Read Review

 

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Route Name Formation Review
Chablis Spire - East Face II 5.6R - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
East Face
II 5.6R, Chablis Spire

The Wine Spires viewed from the East.
Photo:John Scurlock
Chablis Spire
4
II 5.6R
4 Star Rating
Liberty Bell - Over Exposure II 5.8 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Over Exposure
II 5.8, Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell Over Exposure
Photo:Kurt Hicks
Liberty Bell
4
II 5.8
3 Star Rating
Concord Tower - Patriot Cracks II 5.8 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Patriot Cracks
II 5.8, Concord Tower

Concord Tower North Face
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Concord Tower
4
II 5.8
2 Star Rating
South Early Winters Spire - Mojo Rising III 5.11b C1+ - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Mojo Rising
III 5.11b C1+, South Early Winters Spire

The Northwest Face of South Early Winters Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
South Early Winters Spire
5
III 5.11b C1+
4 Star Rating
North Early Winters Spire - Northwest Corner III 5.9+ - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Northwest Corner
III 5.9+, North Early Winters Spire

North Early Winter Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
North Early Winters Spire
6
III 5.9+
5 Star Rating
North Early Winters Spire - West Face III 5.11a or 5.10a C1 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
West Face
III 5.11a or 5.10a C1, North Early Winters Spire

North Early Winter Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
North Early Winters Spire
6
III 5.11a or 5.10a C1
5 Star Rating
North Early Winters Spire - Early Winter Couloir III AI2-3 and M4+ - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Early Winter Couloir
III AI2-3 and M4+, North Early Winters Spire

Early Winters Couloir from the east
Photo:Steph Abegg
North Early Winters Spire
6
III AI2-3 and M4+
4 Star Rating
North Early Winters Spire - Chockstone Route II+ 5.7 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Chockstone Route
II+ 5.7, North Early Winters Spire

North Early Winter Spire - Blue Bradley follows Pitch 6 of the Chockstone Route
Photo:Larry Goldie
North Early Winters Spire
6
II+ 5.7
3 Star Rating
North Early Winters Spire - Labor Pains III 5.11a - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Labor Pains
III 5.11a, North Early Winters Spire

North Early Winter Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
North Early Winters Spire
6
III 5.11a
3 Star Rating
Minuteman Tower - East Face III 5.10b - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
East Face
III 5.10b, Minuteman Tower

Minuteman Tower East Face
Photo:Mark Allen
Minuteman Tower
6
III 5.10b
3 Star Rating
Chianti Spire - Rebel Yell III 5.10b - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Rebel Yell
III 5.10b, Chianti Spire

Chianti Spire Rebel Yell
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Chianti Spire
7
III 5.10b
5 Star Rating
Cutthroat Peak - Cauthorn-Wilson III WI4 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Cauthorn-Wilson
III WI4, Cutthroat Peak

The East face of Cutthroat peak with the obvious Cauthorn-Wilson in the center of the face.
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Cutthroat Peak
7
III WI4
5 Star Rating
Kangaroo Temple - South Face III 5.8 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
South Face
III 5.8, Kangaroo Temple

Ian Nicholson leading Pitch 1 on the South Face of Kangaroo Temple.
Photo:Rebecca Schroeder
Kangaroo Temple
7
III 5.8
1 Star Rating
Northwest Face
II+ 5.9, Liberty Bell


Photo:
Liberty Bell
7
II+ 5.9
3 Star Rating
Liberty Bell - Remsberg Variation II+ 5.10d - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Remsberg Variation
II+ 5.10d, Liberty Bell

Dale Remsberg nearly 20 years after making the first ascent. Now Technical Director of the AMGA.
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Liberty Bell
7
II+ 5.10d
4 Star Rating
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