THE CAS­CADES

Climbing - - FROZEN IN TIME -

Wash­ing­ton’s Cas­cades pro­vide ev­ery­thing from glaciated alpine treks to multi-pitch traditional crack climb­ing. In the past decade, amaz­ing boul­der­ing has emerged as well, es­pe­cially in the vicin­ity of Stevens Pass, with In­dex and Gold­bar to the west and Leav­en­worth to the east.

SLEEPING LADY (V2), ICI­CLE CANYON, LEAV­EN­WORTH

Just out­side the Bavar­ian-themed tourist town of Leav­en­worth runs Ici­cle Creek, whose head­wa­ters are at pris­tine Josephine Lake, near the Cas­cades’ crest. The river’s cold wa­ters surge through the nar­row, boul­der-filled Ici­cle Canyon, in­clud­ing un­der Sleeping Lady, a steep jug haul over rag­ing rapids where send­ing is your best, if not only, op­tion.

Nearby clas­sics: Feel the Pinch (V4), Pimp Squeak (V7)

THE EN­GI­NEER (V9), IN­DEX, WASH­ING­TON

With the un­pleas­ant distinc­tion of be­ing on the wet side of Stevens Pass, In­dex re­ceives 93 inches of rain per year. Due to all the pre­cip­i­ta­tion, some of the US’ best gran­ite is cloaked in fo­liage, but in the woods be­low the Town Walls you'll find The En­gi­neer, a bold, steep slab with min­i­mal fea­tures. Clas­sic in ap­pear­ance and com­mit­ting, it ex­em­pli­fies the new wave of Wash­ing­ton boul­der­ing.

Nearby clas­sics: The Ar­chi­tect (V11)

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