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Techno-cal Climbing In The North Cascades

Jun. 10th 2014

Seasoned climber and writer Blake Herrington took time to tell us about his experiences climbing at Washington Pass and what the area means to him.

I was a 19-year-old student when I first climbed at Washington Pass, an area of steep granite spires in Washington’s North Cascades. I was carless and had found a partner (primary qualification: own a car) through a climbing website. I remember fretting over potential temperatures and snow conditions, and I still recall the first route I did – an 800-foot 5.8 on the highest spire in the Liberty Bell group. I repeated this route, with some 5.10 variations, as a “date” with my now wife, Allison. In the last nine years I have climbed abroad and returned to Washington Pass dozens of times, banking up a list of memories, completing new routes, and bailing amid dead ends and storms. I’ve learned about my abilities and my skills as a partner, making Washington Pass a great yardstick to return to and measure myself against.

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Blake Herrington’s 4 Tips to Stay Warm in the High Alpine

Sep. 24th 2013

Blake Herrington is an accomplished rock climber, alpinist and contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock & Ice magazines, among others. He’s established over two dozen new alpine climbs ­– without bolts ­– throughout Patagonia, British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. When not climbing near his home in Leavenworth, Washington, Herrigton is jumping borders and hopping planes in search of new rock climbs and alpine routes.

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The Alpen-Frapp: Blake Herrington’s secret to living well in a remote place

Sep. 27th 2012

Blake Herrington recently returned from a climbing trip to what he calls “one of the wildest mountain landscapes on the continent” in the Waddington Range in Canada. Having grown up in a 100-person town in the Cascades, he is no stranger to entertaining himself in remote places. On his recent trip, he and his climbing partners found a few ways to keep themselves busy when they weren’t climbing. Herrington shares his advice below.

I’m usually too cheap to lay down the big bucks on Starbucks Frappucinos and other frilly coffee drinks. They sure taste good, but I hate spending $4 for a few minutes of culinary luxury. But while spending a few weeks camped amid collapsing glaciers and granite in British Columbia’s Waddington Range, my partners and I had plenty of time to perfect the means of living in luxury as we refined our concept of the ideal alpine rest day.

We had flown into the range via helicopter, landing on a small ledgy outcropping surrounded on all sides by massive glaciers. From our island of stability, we managed to ascend 4 peaks, and establish a couple new routes on some of the steeper rock faces in the range. Between the single-push ascents and other less-successful attempts, we lazed around our camp and truly perfected the good life of alpine living. Here are a few of our most vital realizations:

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