Seattle area dry tool crags

SR-900 (aka, Cougar mt.)Easy, not great

Black Ice Crag, Upper area(CYA) Exit 38. Easy, not great

Tool Shed, Baker area, never been there personally

Shuksan Crag, never been there personally

Rap Wall, Alpental (Fun when it has ice! Rock is not holding up well, not “easy”)

Then, at the suggestion of the local guru, we found this!!

Nestled not very deep in the Snoqualmie Alps are a set of undeveloped crags that offer a very fun, difficult dry tool (d/t) experience. A couple of friends and I had been poking around for months and eventually found the perfect venue. Thanks to the encouragement from the various guide book authors, and the original area route setters, we felt safe to develop these unnamed crags as a d/t area. It is remote and insulated enough from free climbing walls, as to not be prime free climbing rock nor suitable sport climbing projects. So far, we have 15+ amazing climbs up!! All completed routes are bolted. We are hoping to plan a low key, introductory festival soon!

I do not bear the responsibility lightly in producing high quality and safe routes. I want to keep the standards very high in our amazing home forests.  There is also plenty of room to develop routes and I encourage others to develop routes at this amazing location.  All that I ask, is that you please develop in a way that is sustainable to our rock, and safe for our community.

My philosophy on dry tooling impact is best summed up by this great essay from Furnace Industries!

It will be a work-in-progress out there, so heads up! To support our endeavor, please visit our go fund me page.

Suggested rules of conduct at this crag

-Please limit scratching the rock with your points, take care with crampons while lowering or rappelling.

-Please use mono-point crampons, or rock shoes only, stick with existing placements when possible

-Safety attire: Helmets, eye protection, sheltered belays, etc. There is loose rock here! Climb at own risk.

-Do NOT use any resident ropes left on crag. Please feel free to use the resident ropes to pull your rope through, if you want to tr a climb. There is also reasonable top rope access from the top, approached from the far left side of the crag. Most trs need directionals.

-Please respect “closed projects”, they should be tagged so. Don’t d/t at the free climbing crags.

-Respect the access road, and watch for vehicles! Use proper trails. Have necessary parking passes, etc

FA of Social Candy d6, Waynes World 12-19

Some history… After a 2016 visit to the Playground with the Polish guy, I became very interested in finding a local crag that was not easy, crappy, or both. Years passed, and we halfheartedly looked around.

10-’19. Enter the author of the recent guidebook! I emailed him and it took a while for me to get to see both of his suggestions. In mid December, I saw what is now called(not by me) : Waynes World(WW). I was floored with the potential of the area, yet scared of the single bolted line I saw out there. This obscure crag had a smattering of top anchors from a 2003-2006 development that pushed all through the surrounding of crags. Too dark, chossy and jumbled, the far left crags (WW), never took hold on Garth and the gang that were the driving explorers at the time. I found that though the single project may have been climbed long ago, the entire crag has since laid abandoned until the recent d/t development. So far, the redevelopment idea receives near total support from the community and institutions that have chosen to speak up.

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Rap Wall

Thanks for your support, if that is the case, and critique, if also warranted…. No doubt I have done “pick enhancements” on a couple of routes. My main motivation along with sustainable pick holes is: safety. I refuse to send my friends up steep leads with sketchy clips on the first 3 bolts.

 

Safety, and also sustainability.

The many popular existing d/t climbing areas around the U.S. and Canada all suffer from blown-out placement holes. Presumably, this is from hundreds of people falling off, degrading the placement to the point of rendering them useless. Recent remedies are to make more aggressive pick and crampon placement holes with a power drill, thereby making the route pick-hole placements sustainable over the life of the route. Dry tooling will mark and scar the rock. With that, for a crag to be sustainable with everyone using it, should the occasional non-positive hold be enhanced to a point that use does not destroy the feature? I know this also makes the climb easier, but this particular crag is so steep that most any climber will be fully engaged! All improvements are kept to a minimum as well. Good luck climbing here it’s stout, steep, and climbs fantastic!

Routes at Waynes World:

Swing left, right D4-6

The Aspirant D5

Quaratine D8

Imperial March D8 90% complete

Highstepping For Jesus D7 11 bolts. FA Tom Beirne

Painted Ruins D6 FA WW 8 bolts

Cold Therapy D7- 10 bolts

Social Distancing D7 11b

Social Candy D6+ 6 bolts FA WW

Agent Orange D7

Routes at the Dark Side:

Dingleberries Of Eden D6 100% Complete

Rhinestone Cowboy D6 75% Complete (fully bolted, needs work on start)

Pia Coladas with Palpatine D6

Vader Built My Hotrod

Alpine Corner D6 10% Complete (also TR access to the arete and left face likely D5, has bolted anchor)

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