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Washington Column


Yosemite Valley, California USA


Trip Report
Washington Column - Mideast Crisis - the Red Beard Invasion
Friday October 1, 2010 12:22pm

Which way is up on Pitch 12?
Which way is up on Pitch 12?
Credit: OlympicMtnBoy

Full trip report and pics here: http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/981001/Re_TR_Washington_Column_Mideas#

More pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/matthiesen/MidEastCrisisOnWashingtonColumn#

What a great route!

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OlympicMtnBoy
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OlympicMtnBoy is a climber from Seattle.

Comments
Lost A

Trad climber
Bumbling out West
  Oct 1, 2010 - 01:10pm PT
Thanks for the TR. This route is on my list and it just got bumped up towards the top!
Les

Trad climber
Bahston
  Oct 1, 2010 - 01:11pm PT
man, that is some beautiful stone. well done, gentlemen. killer pictures!
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
  Oct 1, 2010 - 01:12pm PT
That looks like a great route. Has it been done free?
Hoots

climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
  Oct 1, 2010 - 01:36pm PT
Rad. Thanks for posting.
matty

Trad climber
Sad the forum is gone =(
  Oct 1, 2010 - 01:41pm PT
I know quantum mechanics shares the start variation they did, that big offwidth/layback/roof traverse goes at 13 something. nice report. I was up at the beginning of the summer trying afroman, had a hook blow on an a3+ section and went for a 60footer. good times, great location.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Author's Reply  Oct 2, 2010 - 12:33am PT
Hehe, thanks eKat.

Karodrinker, I'm not sure but I haven't heard of it being freed. There was what looked like chalk in a few spots and some of the middle and upper pitches were awesome #1-#3 camalot sized and probably 5.10 or 5.11 (and pumpy). My topo listed a few pitches as 5.12 but there aren't free grades for most of the pitches including some of the best hand cracks. With Astroman to the left and Quantum Mechanic to the right (mostly) I can't imagine it hasn't been worked on though. The start and finish might be hard (our start on QM is 5.13 something, but I think there may be a 5.11 option the other way?

Anyone else know if it's been freed? Anyone want to rope gun me up the hard parts so I can get on the hand cracks free? ;-)
goatboy smellz

climber
Gulf Breeze
  Oct 5, 2010 - 05:12pm PT
RAD!
Slakkey

Big Wall climber
From Back to Big Wall Baby
  Oct 5, 2010 - 05:23pm PT
Nice thanks for posting up. The Column always provide some good fun
hollyclimber

Big Wall climber
El Portal, CA
  Oct 18, 2010 - 02:59am PT
Cool Stewart! Awesome trip report and fun photos. Thanks so much for sharing and I am glad you got to have a good adventure this fall in Yose. HB
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
  Oct 18, 2010 - 06:47pm PT
Frigging Awesome TR!
Thanks!
Great JOB!
Dirka

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Hustle City
  Oct 19, 2010 - 12:24pm PT
Great job and Excellent TR!
Haggis

Trad climber
Scotland
  Oct 19, 2010 - 02:32pm PT
cheers thanks for that.
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
  Nov 11, 2010 - 09:33pm PT
Thanks!
Mike.

climber
  Nov 12, 2010 - 12:51am PT
Nice work, guys. Made it look casual.
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