Tuesday, August 5, 2008

North Cascades

This past weekend Joel and I went back to the North Cascades to do some hiking and bouldering. We stopped near Washington Pass on Friday afternoon and hiked to Blue Lake, an easy two-mile hike rumoured to pass "numerous large boulders." The hike was quite nice, but we were glad we didn't carry our climbing stuff with us. I think we have a different definition of 'large boulders' than the writers of the classic 100 hikes guides... after that we explored for boulders near the Washington Pass lookout, finding nothing too noteworthy.

An ancient pine by Blue Lake

Liberty Bell from the open meadow by the lookout

We bouldered the next few days on some new boulders as well as some we'd tried before. I managed to complete the FA of Square One, a tough overhanging problem I had flailed on a couple weeks ago. The crux revolves around establishing a really nasty one-finger ring lock, then using it for a long bump. Naturally, I didn't manage to get any pictures of myself on the cilmb, but here are two of Joel figuring out the fingerlock before getting the second ascent. The next pictures are of Joel on a new problem, a project, and some scenery. It was really good to get away for a long weekend yet again...

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