Yup. Cortney, Joel, Geoff, and I hiked up to some boulders above the Alpental ski resort in Snoqualmie Pass this past weekend, and needless to say we were psyched about what we found. I did a recon hike to the area last fall, and I was inspired to check it out again by recent internet posts from Colordao. I wasn't sure about how much snow we would encounter on our journey, but we weren't very far into the hike before we found out...
The Last Leg of the Approach
Most of the boulders were buried in snow, but the one primo face in the area is so overhanging that it was dry, and it was well worth the two-mile hike/climb. Without any snow, this face would be a very committing highball. There are still many lines to be done in the basin, including some on boulders where the snow is literally fifteen feet deep. Here are some photos from the day, and a video of Joel doing the FA of the only (known) established problem in the area, a five star problem by any standard. There's not much more I can say to emphasize the quality of this face. Enjoy!
Finally in the Basin
Geoff and Me on Xibalba
Joel is Pissed About the Hike
But It Was Worth It!
Magical Evening Light
Joel on the First Ascent of Xibalba and Attempting a Project
(HD on Vimeo)
Cortney and I just returned from a impromptu week-long trip to Lake Tahoe; we had intended to head to Squamish for the week, but when the forecast went downhill, we headed south... We had a wonderful time. Tahoe is an amazing eastern-Sierra haven! There are so many areas, each with a short Leavenworth-style approach, but all at 6,000-7,000 feet, which does wonders for the rock quality, the climate, the flora, and the fauna.
Here are some pictures from our trip!
Kyle on the Campfire Arete
Our Campsite Near Klamath Falls, OR - Not Bad At All
Kyle on the Sit Start to Natiri at the Saddle Boulders
Me and Kyle on the Campfire Arete
The Local Posse
Arturo Going Big on a New Line
Someone Take Some of the Pads Away...
Me on Hate Handles - Psyched to Climb this 'Off the Couch'!!!
Cortney Trying Aztec
Justin and Joel on A New (?) Line at the Saddle Boulders