South Early Winter Spire

By:  Sam
September 20, 2011

It’s been a busy summer and though I’ve gotten out a lot, it has never felt like enough.

Ever since Allen and I climbed the Becky Route on the Liberty Bell earlier this summer, I’ve wanted to get back to Washington Pass. So, last week Tess, my co-worker, and I headed up to climb South Early Winter spire. With only a light rack and approach shoes we were able to move quickly up the South West Buttress.

Almost to the start of the route.

Do you believe people will be seen in public with me?

Except for the first move of the route, the climb is pretty much a gully scramble.

No lack of holds here.

Tess, with more of the route behind.

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  1. bushman
    wrote on September 20th, 2011 at 7:29 pm  

    nice read and views over a late dinner. thanks for great pics as usual.

  2. christian
    wrote on September 20th, 2011 at 8:04 pm  

    i think the goat was scoping the drop for winter…he knew there was an FIS camera pointed at him. that a bald eagle?!?

  3. met_how
    wrote on December 1st, 2011 at 5:40 pm  

    I believe that would be the South Arete…?

    • Sam
      wrote on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:17 am  

      Correct, though how that gully could be sanely considered an arete, i cannot say

    • met_how
      wrote on December 16th, 2011 at 6:16 pm  

      fair enough… Kitty litter gully;)

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