Derek Soike 172
 
Seattle, WA
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Snow Creek Wall, Chelan County, WashingtonSnow Creek WallChelan County, WashingtonOne of my favorite moderate multi-pitch climbs. 6 pitches, 800ft, lots of splitter hand crack and chickenheads! Totally worth the approach! If...Granite Mountain Lookout, King County, WashingtonGranite Mountain LookoutKing County, WashingtonThe views from Granite Mountain's lookout tower are pretty darn good. On a clear day you can see Mt Rainier really well. Just make sure to stay out...Big Four Ice Caves, Snohomish County, WashingtonBig Four Ice CavesSnohomish County, WashingtonThe ice caves are dangerous to enter in the summer, but stable when the temps are low. Pretty amazing to wander through them....Smith Rock, Deschutes County, OregonSmith RockDeschutes County, OregonSmith Rock. Climbs for days, sport and trad. The hike up Misery Ridge might seem miserable, but it's worth getting up there to peek at Monkey Face!...Mount Dickerman, Snohomish County, WashingtonMount DickermanSnohomish County, WashingtonThe views from the top of Mt Dickerman are amazing. 4miles and 4000ft of gain on a well developed trail. It's kind of like the Mt Si of the Mtn...Slhanay, Squamish, BC, Squamish, British ColumbiaSlhanay, Squamish, BCSquamish, British ColumbiaThe view of Howe Sound and the Chief is excellent from the routes at Slhanay. A bit less popular than the climbs on the Chief if you want to escape...Lower Town Wall, Index, WashingtonLower Town WallIndex, WashingtonThe ultra-mega-classic Godzilla on the Lower Town Wall at Index. So solid, super popular, hard for 5.9, and a must-do!...Mount Daniel, Kittitas County, WashingtonMount DanielKittitas County, WashingtonHeaded back toward Cathedral Rock after climbing up Mount Daniel. Early season, so lots of snow, but a fun peak in a beautiful area!...Boston Basin, Skagit County, WashingtonBoston BasinSkagit County, WashingtonBoston Basin is beautiful. The road from Marblemount is pretty long, and the hike in is not a walk in the park, but it's all worth the effort....Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, British ColumbiaSea to Sky GondolaSquamish, British ColumbiaWe hiked up and took the gondola down. The hike up was very peaceful compared to the main Chief trail, and the gondola made the descent real quick!...Bellygood Ledge, Squamish, British ColumbiaBellygood LedgeSquamish, British ColumbiaSorting gear on top of Bellygood Ledge after climbing Milk Run. If you love the outdoors, Squamish is the place to be! It's a great spot for...Vesper Peak, Snohomish County, WashingtonVesper PeakSnohomish County, WashingtonVesper Peak is my favorite hike. Most people probably wouldn't think of it as a hike though. The terrain changes quite drastically at each section...Snow Creek Wall, Chelan County, WashingtonSnow Creek WallChelan County, WashingtonThe start of Pitch 5 of Outer Space, the mega-classic line up Snow Creek Wall. If you like trad climbing, live in Washington, and haven't gotten on...UW Rock Wall, Seattle, WashingtonUW Rock WallSeattle, WashingtonCorner problem? No problem. Great spot to train outside if the weather permits. Plenty of cracks and polished rock. A bit hard if you're new to...Ingalls Pass, Chelan County, WashingtonIngalls PassChelan County, WashingtonExcellent views of Mt Stuart on the way to Ingall's Lake. Lots of fun things to climb in the Stuart Range! http://betaknot.com/derek/book/stuart-rangeLower Town Wall, Index, WashingtonLower Town WallIndex, WashingtonGotta love Index! Best crack climbing in Washington. Steep, solid, and sandbag. http://betaknot.com/derek/book/index-climbingRonin's Corner (Smoke Bluffs), Squamish, British ColumbiaRonin's Corner (Smoke Bluffs)Squamish, British ColumbiaThe Smoke Bluffs are great for single pitch routes and sunshine on cold Squamish mornings. It was hot while we were there, so we climbed early and...Howe Sound Spit, Squamish, British ColumbiaHowe Sound SpitSquamish, British ColumbiaSquamish is an excellent place for Kiteboarding. At about 10am, the wind changes direction and blows inland, nice and strong. It was our first...Liberty Bell Group, Okanogan County, WashingtonLiberty Bell GroupOkanogan County, WashingtonWashington Pass is one of my favorite places to climb. An ascent of any spire in the Liberty Bell group (with a friendly approach, solid rock, and...Rampage, Okanogan County, WashingtonRampageOkanogan County, WashingtonRampage (5.10d, 4pitches). Not the most popular route at Washington Pass. I don't think the long approach for only 4 pitches is very appealing to...
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