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Climb stuff at Erie

The overall plan: To climb all over Mount Erie (1.5 hours from Seattle).
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/mount-erie/106413714

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

Getting there

http://goo.gl/maps/xEKSj

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.

The Climbing

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).

Saturday Night

Drive back down the mountain to the Eerie Grocery and spend $15 to join us for lakeside camping.

Sunday

We'll park at the bottom and use the trails to hike up to Orange Wall or Shady Hollow.

Communications
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.

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  • Bruce M.

    A brilliant day. We arrived and the whole place was deserted, a complete contrast to last time. The fog and rain vanished while we were all rappelling down and we got a ton of great climbs in on Summit wall. A failed attempt to find Skyline resulted in a return to Crack Wall which was completely dry this time and we finished the day climbing everything it had to offer, including a 5:10b with an utterly brutal finale - heel hook on slab!?! Whose feeble idea was that? :) The campground is excellent but rains returned during the night and so we called it quits.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Saturday was awesome, unfortunately the rain got us on Sunday.

    August 11, 2013

    • Mark

      Agreed. Had a fun time. The day turned out fantastic.

      August 11, 2013

    • Chris

      Agree - and thanks for posting pics!!!

      August 12, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Anyone that was considering coming up this morning Sunday, we are bailing due to its been raining half the night and the rock is all wet. See you all next time. Great climb on Saturday!

    August 11, 2013

  • Cristina B.

    How many people are camping? (Just curious. I am.)

    August 9, 2013

    • Cristina B.

      *shrug* By the way I am gonna be quite late as I just woke up. :)

      August 10, 2013

    • Cristina B.

      Err, actually I am bailing last minute. *vague flaky excuse* :) Have fun everybody!

      August 10, 2013

  • Dave

    I'm a late addition, so not sure how many people will see this. I'll look for people at the Greenlake P&R for carpool potential. I likely can only stay for Saturday, tho.

    August 9, 2013

    • Brian U.

      Hey Dave, Ada and I are meeting at the north gate p&r if you want to join us at 7

      August 9, 2013

  • Dave

    Been a while since I've climbed, but now is as good a time as any to start back up.

    August 9, 2013

  • Brian U.

    Looking for a ride/carpool from north Seattle could meet at Greenlake park and ride just off I-5

    August 9, 2013

    • Brian U.

      Sounds good I can meet you there

      August 9, 2013

    • Ada A.

      Cool see you then. Just so you know, I'm only going on Saturday

      August 9, 2013

  • Emily

    I'm planning to go on Saturday only, and haven't been to that area before so hopefully I won't get lost!

    August 7, 2013

    • Brian U.

      Hey Emily, I live in Wallingford on stone way, I do you think I can catch a ride?

      August 9, 2013

    • Emily

      I just got offered a ride with another friend, so now it looks like I won't be driving. But it sounds like a lot of other people have room!

      August 9, 2013

  • Mandy

    Steph and I were thinking about coming up on Sunday but it turns out that she can't go. I'm still interested if there is anybody that would want to drive up with me on Sunday morning. I'd like to meet you all at the campground before you take off. How early should I leave Seattle if that is the case?[masked]

    August 7, 2013

    • Bruce M.

      Getting to the camp for 8:30 would be wise and it's about an 1-1/2 drive depending on where you are starting from.

      August 8, 2013

  • Mark

    I will most likely come for Saturday only.

    August 7, 2013

  • Will

    I'll be there for one day, I think. Have to figure out what to do with the pup and when. Also if my wrist doesn't heal up I probably won't go.

    August 6, 2013

  • Mark

    Anyone know what the name of the campground is?

    August 5, 2013

  • shilpa M.

    I did not read this meetup info properly before. I wont be camping, but i am in for Saturday climb. And i have room in my car if anyone wants to share a ride. i am leaving from kirkland

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Im kinda interested but a) am very novice at climbing b) can only stay for Saturday c) don't drive so need car pool d) don't have any gear. - not sure if it's ok for me to join?

    August 5, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Won't be able to camp that evening but I should be there for some all day climb.

    August 5, 2013

  • Ada A.

    Got room in the car if anyone wants to split a rental, only staying for Saturday though

    August 5, 2013

  • Ada A.

    Got room in the car if anyone wants to split a rental

    August 5, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Working Saturday morning, and not entirely sure what time I can make it yet. But I'm in

    August 4, 2013

    • Will

      Geez, stop working already.

      August 4, 2013

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