The overall plan: To climb all over Mount Erie (1.5 hours from Seattle).
Top rope, sport, trad or lead. Beginners, intermediate, advanced, all are welcome whether you've been outdoors before or not. The general range we're looking at is sport 5.8 to 5.10
Exit I-5 at Burlington and take SR 20 west for about 15 minutes. Make left at obvious stoplight and (still on SR 20) head out towards Deception Pass. In a few miles reach a fork & trend right on Campbell Lake Road. Mount Erie will be visible on the right. In a few more miles the Mount Erie Grocery (stop for guide book if you fancy) marks the right-hand turn onto Heart Lake Road, and in one more mile the state road to the top will branch off to the right. On Ray Auld drive, there's a right turn that leads several miles up the winding road to the summit parking areas.
Drive up the Mount Erie road until just shy of the summit towers. As you drive underneath the powerlines near the top, the Summit Wall parking area with portapotty (not the main summit area parking & viewpoint) is visible directly ahead & on the right as the road swings sharply left. Only room for a few cars, but the main parking area is only another several hundred feet along the road.
We'll meet at 9am at the top of Summit Wall, we’ll then rappel down (if you don’t know how, we’ll happily teach you – it’s easy and fun) and then climb the routes. After (or if it’s fully occupied) we can head down to Skyline Arete or stroll left to Main Wall.
Summit Wall directions for late arrivals: From the lower parking area (not the main one at the top), two trails head south to the buttress. Left trail leads to the top of the crag & the lower or right trail leads out through the trees & across an exposed step-around bouldering move to reach the bottom of the crag (at least one non-climber fatality has occurred at the step-around move--be cautious).
Drive back down the mountain to the Eerie Grocery and spend $15 to join us for lakeside camping.
We'll park at the bottom and use the trails to hike up to Orange Wall or Shady Hollow.
I'll email all the rsvp-ers nearer the date and we can trade numbers to ensure late arrivals or lostee's (it happens) can locate us or catch up or get directions (if I don't reply immediately give it a little while, I might be climbing, belaying someone, out of breath from hiking, or have no reception at all).
Basically when you see the champagne colored Toyota Corola with the 'LA County Coroner' sticker you're in the right place. At the crags look for the 'Union Jack' painted climbing helmet.
Stuff to Bring
Essentials: Harness, shoes, water, sunblock, lunch. Helmets are highly recommended.
Would be handy if you have them: Rope, quickdrawers, ATC/grigri, personal anchor, cams, chalk, anchors, slings and such.
Camping: Tent, sleeping bag, food, firewood.