Mount Eerie rock

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   Practice Cliff/Powerline Wall (Spring/Summer 2004)

It was finally time to climb some Mt. Eerie rock. My previous visit got rained out and I hoped for better luck this time. After not having climbed much of anything that resembled rock this winter, I found my abilities shockingly lacking. (Photos: PK, SV)

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Paul leads Jack of Diamonds (5.6) at Summit Wall (Practice Cliff).
Working the bouldery start on Queen of Diamonds (5.8).
Higher on Queen of Diamonds.
Trees are aid. Paul cheats to start King of Diamonds (5.7).
Rapping off The Nose.
Paul enters The Open Book (5.6).
Looking out towards the Olympics on a short hike over to Powerline Wall. We climbed several interesting routes over at Poweline including Tindall's Terror (5.7+) and Tree Shadow (5.7), not to mention various bolted routes that appear newer than most publications dedicated to the area.
A view over Puget Sound from Powerline Wall.
Agata climbs a newly bolted route next to Tindal's Terror on Powerline Wall ~ 5.8/5.9. Later, we climbed the two (or three) pitch Zig Zag on Snag Buttress (5.7). The short dihedral pitch at the end really gets the blood pumping! I continued up to the top anchors and tr'd what appears to be a newly bolted route following the line of what's considered the Direct Finish variation of Zig Zag (5.9). Slightler taller than a full 30 meters, the Direct Finish is one of the most enjoyable 5.9's I've done to date. Well worth checking out!

Agata and I returned to Mt. Eerie in early March '05 to re-aquaint ourselves with outdoor rock climbing (after a long winter of climbing indoors). We proceeded straight to Powerline Wall and TR'd the familiar Tindal's Terror and Psycho. We then worked left (west) and TR'd Intimidator (10a) and Terminator (10a/b). No photos.
View of Mount Baker from Deception Pass.

Following our first trip to Mt. Eerie, Agata and I took a dip in one of the many nearby lakes. We wrapped up the afternoon doing some sightseeing near Deception Pass.
View west from top of Mt. Eerie with Glacier Peak, Whitehorse Mountain and Three Fingers visible.

   Main Wall - April 2005

Putting our modest alpine climbing plans on hold for yet another weekend, thanks to the crummy weather forecast, Eric and I settled on a casual day of cragging at Mt. Eerie. We ended up climbing Zig Zag on Snag Buttress (3 pitches ~ 5.7) and finished the day off top roping some harder routes near the top of the crag. (Photos: EH, SV)

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Climbing the initial 5.6 dihedral.
Eric completes the first pitch of Zig Zag.
Eric leading the second pitch of Zig Zag.
Pulling through the crux moves on the final 5.7 dihedral pitch.
Top-roping the second pitch of On Eagles Wings (10a). As in my previous visit, we also top-roped the very enjoyable Redemption (5.9+).
Preparing to rappell from the top of Main Wall.
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