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Climbers on The Witch

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By Billcoe
Aug 21, 2010

That's Ben Priestly in the yellow/orange on the last pitch right under The Old Witch pinnacle's top, Scott Peterson in white just underneath him heading up. The rap is down the back to the notch, if you sit on the summit (just above Ben) you can see the rap spot, which goes back to the anchor you started on at the base of the pinnacle. You'll have to click on the picture 2 times and it will blow up so you can see those guys clearly.

The route is a great one. There's a couple of ways to access the start of it and only 2 ways to the summit as of today, but it will get you @ 300+ some feet of climbing some amazing knobs and pretty unique to Oregon. This will be the view you see when you walk down the closed off logging road in the drawing to the slash pile. You can drive down the 4620 road a piece towards The Steeple and right where Sandstone Creek crosses the road is a great pull off and spot to look at the whole thing unobstructed from directly in front.

To help orient anyone, the pinnacle which you see to the right of those guys, in front of the fir tree, is the Dragon's Spine. There are currently 2 routes to that summit. The easiest goes up the left hand side, and starts out as 5.8-R: Lava Flow then connects to Grey Ghost and the top. The 1st pitch of the right side is harder, I've heard 5.10, but the 2nd pitch eases off right after the belay and very well bolted. Pretty obvious. There is a short but do able crack route up the backside if you turn left after P1 of Gratitude which is as yet unclimbed.

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Climbers on The Witch

Submitted By: adam winslow on Aug 21, 2010