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Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : Photo
By: applewood When: Jul 23, 2016

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Comments: Most of the climbing is hidden behind a hill in the foreground, but Burge has a LOT less rock than Hull and McLaughlin - both of which are huge with potentially thousands of routes. Burge with about 100 routes has very limited potential for more.


Location: WA : Okanogan : Whistler Canyon Trailhead (... : Photo
By: applewood When: Jul 4, 2016

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Comments: 1- Northwest Face;
a -Lower
b - Upper
2 - Southwest Face;
a - Lower
b - Face Only a Mutha Could Love
3 - West Face;
a - Lower Garden Ledge
b - Garden Ledge
c - West Face Slabs
4 - Indian Rocks;
5 - Windy Point;
a - West Side
b - South Side
6 - North Canyon (Frog Pong Trail);
7 - Upper Canyon North Side;
a - Banded Wall
b - Hairpin
c - Upper North Canyon
d - Upper West Face
<... more >>


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge North - Hidden Canyon... : Wu Wei Wall : Photo
By: applewood When: Jul 3, 2016

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Comments: Perseverance Furthers - 5.10d *** (250' - 2 pitch) - red line.

Line of descent (two 95' raps) in the gully to the left.


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge North - Hidden Canyon... : Photo
By: applewood When: Jul 2, 2016

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Comments: haha - yes something like that - at least for me, although I was hoping for something more like effortless ascent.…

It IS nice (as well as gneiss), but the best parts look too hard and steep for me!


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Okanagan : Skaha : ... : Just Basking (5.11b PG13)
By: applewood When: Jul 1, 2016

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Comments: John, we originally bolted and climbed this thing in the summer (and named it after a coiled and peaceful rattler we saw on the big ledge below the face), but it wasn't until mid October that I redpointed it. I did the direct finish since it looked like using the arete was a cop-out of the crux, and I liked how the overall route just got harder the higher you went. Rated it 11d since it seemed a bit harder than 11c's I'd done....


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket)
By: applewood When: May 25, 2016

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Comments: I don't know Jon. Maybe it is best just to not use them at all when climbing up v. using them on a descent when the condition of the anchor and line can be checked. At least they should be treated as suspect until one person has checked them out…


Location: WA : Okanogan : Mount Hull - Lower SW Face ... : Big Butte : Big Butte - South Face : TOOTIE FRIUTY (5.2)
By: applewood When: May 23, 2016

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Comments: Yes, it is a stiff 5.2 - like something you'd expect to find in the Gunks (except with bolts). Maybe it should be named "Fourish".


Location: WA : Okanogan : Mount Hull - Lower SW Face ... : Big Butte : Big Butte - South Face : A MIGHTY WIND (5.3)
By: applewood When: May 22, 2016

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Comments: Unfortunately the poison ivy near the base of this route is not a temporary or seasonal condition. Although the base can be reached by walking along the log from the SW and so avoid the ivy.


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : Little West Canyon : Upper Southwest Face : Photo
By: applewood When: May 22, 2016

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Comments: Shelter From the Storm 5.10a * (75') - blue line
Winds of Change 5.9- * (45') - yellow line
Storm Warning 5.9 ** (45') - red line


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 5) The Green Wall : Photo
By: applewood When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: Prayer Flags - 5.9 * (100') - red line
Main Stones - 5.9 * (90') - blue line
(Unknown route) - ? (35') - yellow line


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 7) Raptor Wall : Photo
By: applewood When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: Flight of the Garuda 5.10d ** (95') - red line
Little Wing 5.10d ** (80') - blue line


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 8) The Ledge : Photo
By: applewood When: May 16, 2016

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Comments: A - 5.5 ** (95') - yellow line
B - 5.5 * (95) - red line
C - 5.5 ** (100') - blue line
D-day - 5.5 * (200') - green line


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : South Canyon (aka Last Wall... : The Mid West - North End : Photo
By: applewood When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: You're welcome Jon. Yep, those walls sure are attractive, with many possible routes - really good routes. But I think they are more of an undertaking than most folks around here care for. Lots of people like to climb established routes (esp. if they've been well scrubbed) but are not so keen when it comes to helping create them. The initial wall is just under 200' tall and the SE Buttress is about twice that!

I prefer to do my route development in the non-snaky winter and early spring seasons.... more >>


Location: WA : Okanogan : Chewiliken Creek Crags (Ton... : Photo
By: applewood When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: Yes lots of boulders and short bands of cliffs… but then again rattlers like boulders…

(The bouldering area near here with the pond below it is really cool.)


Location: WA : Okanogan : Chewiliken Creek Crags (Ton... : Photo
By: applewood When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: Whitestone is some kind of calcium based chalk-like compound. As far as I know it has never been climbed (looks to be about 800' vertical and might be fine with crampons and ice tools… and foot long bolts). I'm sure if it was in Europe it would have a bolt ladder up it.


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : South Canyon (aka Last Wall... : The Mid West - North End : Photo
By: applewood When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: Yes, big huecos that maybe a giant could reach between…. No routes right in that areas yet….

Btw, check out the huecos on the left side of this face! Also probably best for a giant, a really big giant.
Rock Climbing Photo: SE Buttress at MC
SE Buttress at MC



Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket)
By: applewood When: May 12, 2016

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Comments: Warning be careful about the condition of the fixed ropes at Burge.

There are three sections of fixed rope at the far right end of Burge - used for accessing the upper wall, especially The Ledge routes which although having the longest approach (about 30 minute hike) also have 5 bolted routes in the 5.5 to 5.4 range and so offer the best easy climbs at Burge, with great exposure and views. My warning is be sure to check these rope's condition before trusting them. They are getting old, a... more >>


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : South Canyon (aka Last Wall... : Lower West Side : ... : Photo
By: applewood When: May 6, 2016

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Comments: Bite the Bullet 5.10b/c ** (100') - red line

Approach scramble - white line


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : Photo
By: applewood When: May 4, 2016

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Comments: Jon as a result of your question I've been talking with some history society folks who think that the County probably has the spelling wrong and the history society has it right. So I'm gonna go ahead and change the MP page.


Location: WA : Okanogan : Mount Hull - Lower SW Face ... : Photo
By: applewood When: Apr 28, 2016

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Comments: Crags from left to right;
1 - 5.13/Weeping Wall
2 - Tortuga
3 - The Nose
4 - Bonsai Crag
5 - Turtle Island
6 - Lower Wall
7 - West Wall
8 - Big Butte
9 - The Middle East
10 - The Far East


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 6) Middle Earth : The Dark End of the Street (5.11a)
By: applewood When: Apr 21, 2016

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Comments: "Huge overhanging inverted triangle" just right of this route is now gone…. which makes it feel safer, but then again so is the nice belayer shade tree at the bottom.


Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 6) Middle Earth
By: applewood When: Apr 21, 2016

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Comments: The Middle Earth Wall at Burge had a massive rock fall recently. I'd guestimate the total amount of rock that came off to be close to 200 tons! (The "flake" that fell was a big inverted triangle about 40-50' on each side and maybe up to 5' thick.) This will make all the surrounding routes safer…. and opens up a new face for climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tree that used to provide nice shade at the bottom...
Tree that used to provide nice shade at the bottom of the left side….



Location: WA : Okanogan : Burge Mountain (Tonasket) : 6) Middle Earth : Mercy Street (5.6)
By: applewood When: Apr 21, 2016

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Comments: 4/21/16 - replace one of the bolts half way up the climb which was damaged from the recent rock fall. Now that the huge death flake is gone this route will both feel and be safer, however it is pretty dirty now.


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : South Canyon (aka Last Wall... : Lower West Side : Photo
By: applewood When: Apr 3, 2016

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Comments: Haha - yes of course.


Location: WA : Okanogan : McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... : South Canyon (aka Last Wall... : Upper West Side - Gully Wal... : Photo
By: applewood When: Mar 18, 2016

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Comments: Have a Gneiss Day - 5.7 *** 55' F (5b) - red line
More Gneiss Jugs… - 5.8 ** 65' F )7b) - blue line


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