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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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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
South Early Winters Spire - The Hitchhiker IV 5.11b or 5.10d C1 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
The Hitchhiker
IV 5.11b or 5.10d C1, South Early Winters Spire

South Early Winter Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
South Early Winters Spire
9
IV 5.11b or 5.10d C1
5 Star Rating
South Early Winters Spire - The Passenger IV 5.12a - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
The Passenger
IV 5.12a, South Early Winters Spire

South Early Winter Spire
Photo:Ian Nicholson
South Early Winters Spire
9
IV 5.12a
5 Star Rating
South Early Winters Spire - The Southern Man IV 5.12a or 5.10a C1 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
The Southern Man
IV 5.12a or 5.10a C1, South Early Winters Spire

Joel Kauffman launching into the unknown during the first ascent of The Southern Man
Photo:Mark Allen
South Early Winters Spire
9
IV 5.12a or 5.10a C1
5 Star Rating
Silver Star Mountain - Silver Star Glacier II 35 degree 4th class rock - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Silver Star Glacier
II 35 degree 4th class rock, Silver Star Mountain

Silver Star Mountain in early season conditions.
Photo:John Scurlock
Silver Star Mountain
N/A
II 35 degree 4th class rock
5 Star Rating
Liberty Bell - Freedom or Death III or V 5.12a - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Freedom or Death
III or V 5.12a, Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell Freedom or Death
Photo:Mark Allen
Liberty Bell
14
III or V 5.12a
5 Star Rating
Paisano Pinnacle - Rampage III 5.10d - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Rampage
III 5.10d, Paisano Pinnacle

The North Face of Paisano Pinnacle.
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Paisano Pinnacle
N/A
III 5.10d
5 Star Rating
Liberty Crack Liberty Bell
14
V 5.10b C2+ or 5.13a/b
5 Star Rating
Thin Red Line Liberty Bell
14
V 5.10a or C3/A2 or 5.12b
5 Star Rating
Le Petit Cheval - Spontaneity Arête III 5.7 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Spontaneity Arête
III 5.7, Le Petit Cheval

The North face of Le Petit Cheval as seen from the road.
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Le Petit Cheval
8
III 5.7
4 Star Rating
Cutthroat Peak - South Buttress III+ 5.8 - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
South Buttress
III+ 5.8, Cutthroat Peak

An overview of the routes.
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Cutthroat Peak
12
III+ 5.8
4 Star Rating
Burgundy Spire - North Face III 5.8+ - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
North Face
III 5.8+, Burgundy Spire

Burgundy Spire North Face
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Burgundy Spire
4
III 5.8+
4 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
Whine Spire - Gato Negro IV+ 5.10d - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Gato Negro
IV+ 5.10d, Whine Spire

Whine Spire Gato Negro
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Whine Spire
12
IV+ 5.10d
4 Star Rating
Liberty Bell - Rapple Grapple II 5.8+ - Washington Pass, Washington, USA. Click for details.
Rapple Grapple
II 5.8+, Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell Rapple Grapple
Photo:Ian Nicholson
Liberty Bell
4
II 5.8+
4 Star Rating
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