Thin Red Line, Liberty Bell V 5.10a C2+

 
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North Cascades, Washington, USA

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Hummerchine

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East Wenatchee, WA
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   Sep 20, 2012 - 11:17pm
After decades of wanting to, I finally got off my fat ass and climbed TRL with my good friend John Plotz. Last Sunday we climbed the two mega-classic routes on N Early Winters Spire with perfect weather and no other climbers; Monday we fixed the first four pitches on TRL, freeing the first...Tuesday we finished. AWESOME route!

And RAD! Harder than I expected...I was WORKED at the summit! Seems WAY longer than Liberty Crack...and MUCH harder. Pitch 5 is terrifying; the move over the roof is super dicey with a bad fall. I used a sweet, but poor, pin stack...our only hammered placement. Other places are scary too!

Key beta: the SuperTopo says you need three ropes to fix the first four pitches; we used two 70m ropes, attached to every anchor, and had about 70 feet to spare. This did involve tying the ropes together and passing a knot, but well worth it!

I'm jazzed...
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Liberty Bell - Thin Red Line V 5.10a C2+ - North Cascades, Washington, USA. Click to Enlarge
Liberty Bell Thin Red Line
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