This Washington Pass Climbing guidebook details what is arguably the best alpine rock climbing area in the northwest region of the United States of America. The guidebook describes 59 of the best long multi-pitch routes in this area. The author Ian Nicholson has climbed every single route to ensure the accuracy of the information. The guidebook features many of the hard test pieces in the region, but there is also a generous selection of moderate multi-pitch climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range (French 4+ to 6a+). There is something for everyone from, glacier climbs to short easy multi pitch scrambles, to big difficult wall test pieces in the 5.13 grade (French 8a).
The guidebook details 21 separate areas within the Washington Pass area of the Cascade Mountain range. This includes Liberty Bell with 11 fantastic routes, South Early Winters Spire with 9 routes & Concorde Tower with 5 routes. This book includes formerly obscure climbs and variations at all grades to provide more options for avoiding the crowds. The majority of the routes are on high quality granite rock or dark quartz diorite & obviously ice on the Glaciers.
Great detail is given to every aspect of each of the 59 routes including the following information. A very detailed topo, approach time, climbing time, history of the route, suggested strategy, gear recommendations, route length, pitch length, and retreat information. There is a lot of useful information about where to stay, climate changes throughout the seasons & general safety with in the mountains.
Published in December 2012 by Supertopo the guidebook is full of great colour action shots.
Number of pages is 246
Size is 153mm x 228 mm