Over Exposure, Liberty Bell II 5.8
Avg time to climb route: 1-2 hours
Approach time: 1.5-3 hours
Descent time: 1.5-3 hours
Number of pitches: 4
Height of route: 350'
OverviewThis is a route of mixed quality, with one mediocre pitch and one fun pitch that it is the descent route for Liberty Bell. After rappelling over the upper corner so many times, inevitably you want to climb it. Pitch 2 is quite good, but the first is slightly runout on mediocre rock. The Overexposure Route is the shortest route to the summit of Liberty Bell. Itís a good alternative if the Beckey Route, the Girl Next Door and Rapple Grapple are too crowded, or if you just want to get one more climb in that day. If there is no one around, the upper pitch is certainly worth top roping on your descent.
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Route HistoryFirst Climbed in 1966 by famous Washington Pass pioneers, Ron Burgner and Don McPherson. Little is known about their ascent.
StrategyCrowds are unlikely. However, this is the descent route for all other Liberty Bell routes and is rappelled constantly. Climb Overexposure mid-week or early or late in the day on weekends before or after the hordes have come down it.
This route is only for solid 5.8 climbers. Pitch 1 is a little runout, and you could hit the ground if you fall at the crux on the first part of the pitch. Pitch 2 is excellent and would be climbed more if it were nearly anywhere else. Above that, most parties scramble up the gully to the base of the infamous boulder problem where Beckey did his legendary shoulder stand. Because you rappel down close to the base of the route, it is not necessary to carry your approach shoes/boots up and over this route.
Retreat StormThis is the descent route for Liberty Bell so the route can be rappelled from either pitch on fixed anchors. Above you can down climb the rest of the route.
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