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Routes in Powerline Wall West

As You Wish S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bare Necessity T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dirty Deeds S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
False Impressions S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Intimidator S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lasting Impressions S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Lethal Weapon S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Lucy S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Milk Dud S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Neverending Story S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
No Holds Barred S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Psycho T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Right Stuff, The T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Scarface S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Sickle, The S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Six Fingered Swordsman S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Terminator S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Thriller S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Thunderstruck S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Tindall's Terror T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Treeshadow T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trial By Jury S,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Trial and Error T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Powerline Wall West is a fun climbing area with clean rock, composed of diorite on the upper western flanks of Mt. Erie. It receives direct afternoon sun, and occasionally experiences 60 degree afternoons in the middle of winter. It is quick to dry, and compared to many places on Mt. Erie, the rock is fairly solid. Generally this area has crimpy to positive holds. Some friction climbing is required in short stretches. The routes are about 90% sport, and have a safe feel to them with good bolt placements. There are at least a couple of fun trad routes on the Powerline wall, which use primarily hand size and smaller cams. All routes have bolted anchors, some with chains, some with only hangers. This area is very popular due to the short approach, and occasionally suffers from death by top rope. If you have never been to Mt. Erie, and don't have a lot of time to visit, or don't want to get lost in the tick infested underbrush, this wall would be a good destination for you. Seriously guys, check your buddies for ticks... nobody likes parasitic arachnids.

Getting There

The easiest and shortest way to get to the Powerline Wall is to drive the road towards the summit of Mount Erie. Park at the last parking area before the summit, which is at a 90+ degree left hand turn. There is room here for about 6 cars max. If it is full, the hike down from the top parking area is less than 5 minutes. Take your valuables with you.

From this parking area, contour downward and towards the west along grassy ledges and short rock steps. A short stretch through the woods and underneath the powerlines will bring you to the top of a cliff overlooking Lake Erie and the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Some anchors can be found here at the top of Tindall's Terror and Scarface. Walk to the NW of these anchors to find the descent ramp to the base of the wall. This ramp is low 3rd class. The anchors for Powerline Wall West are located about 20 feet below, or to the west of the ramp. Some people rappel into these routes from trees or execute exposed scrambles to drop top ropes onto the wall. In my opinion, it is safer and more respected to just walk to the bottom and lead the routes as they are well bolted.

From the bottom of the ramp, take a left and descend a bit farther to find the start of the lower tier routes which include False Impressions, Lethal Weapon, Intimidator, and Terminator. The lowest point at the base of the wall is the start of Intimidator. Scrambling toward the south past the aforementioned routes, and making 2 distinct blocky 4th class steps up will bring you to the base of the upper tier routes including Tindall's Terror and Scarface.

If you continue along the trail below the two blocky steps, it will take you to descent trails into The Cirque and Orange Wall (descending further west). If you continue to traverse this lower trail towards the south, it will take you to Powerline Wall East which is a far less popular destination than the west wall, but still includes some fun climbs.

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smassey   CO
As of August 2011, all the bolts in this wall are new, or new-ish. There has been some replacement work in the (recent?) past with nice-looking stud bolts, and recently with ASCA 1/2x2.75" Powers SS. The 10a on the far right side had one of the anchor bolts replaced (the originals were too far apart, with only a single link on each - it was loosening the lefthand bolt). The anchor was fitted with SS 3/8 quicklinks and rap rings. The 5.7+ to the right of that had pro bolts 2 and 4 replaced. The rest look good. Thanks to the ASCA for the hardware (please donate, folks!!! American Safe Climbing Association ) Aug 24, 2011
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
Perhaps the area name should be changed to simply "powerline wall" as there is now west AND east powerline wall routes listed. May 23, 2018

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