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Bat Caves, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Concrete Jungle 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister Cliff) 5 / 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Larrabee 3 / 4 / 14 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Sehome Arboretum 3 / 0 / 9 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Elevation: 79 ft
GPS: 48.765, -122.497 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Jason Chinchen on Aug 24, 2009
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Lots to climb around Bellingham.

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Bellingham lies an hour and a half from Seattle on the I-5 near the border to Canada.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bellingham Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
Boulder Lip Traverse
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
The Classic Direct
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
Sehome Traverse
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Oyster Odyssey
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Variation to Dihedral
TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Our Typhoon Rhythm
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Saffron Spider
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Julia the Viking Queen
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Clicking Barnacles
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Desperation Face
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
The Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Desperation Crack
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hanging Loose
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Smoke On the Water
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Boulder Lip Traverse Sehome Arboretum V2 5+ Boulder
The Classic Direct Sehome Arboretum V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Sehome Traverse Sehome Arboretum V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Oyster Odyssey Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Variation to Dihedral Larrabee > Desperation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Our Typhoon Rhythm Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Saffron Spider Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Julia the Viking Queen Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Clicking Barnacles Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bolt Ladder 2 Variation Sehome Arboretum 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Desperation Face Larrabee > Desperation 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
The Dihedral Larrabee > Dihedral Area 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Desperation Crack Larrabee > Desperation 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, TR
Hanging Loose Bat Caves 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Smoke On the Water Julia's Outcrop (Governor Lister… 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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I'm new to the area and was wondering if the wall to the east of larabee(above the pull off to the left just before you reach the park entrance) is any good/developed. The wall itself looks pretty tall, but is probably chossy I would assume. Thanks! Feb 7, 2013
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
Well, that IS interesting. I thought it was logging company land.

Being cool while embarking on your hike up there is likely the best strategy to avoid detection.

Van Zandt had some real cool ice smears years ago; they were nice-looking steep slabs.

The Bat Caves have some old routes, but the approach is longish...

My favorite in-town location was the superb, dry bouldering inside the tunnel behind W.W.U. up on Sehome Hill. I TR'd a route at the East end which climbs the left side of the rock and over the tunnel entrance to the trail above. May 19, 2011
smassey
CO
smassey   CO
Hmm, interesting. We should chat over a beer sometime when I'm up there.

I figured it was State Park land, but have always kept a low profile when going there anyway, especially re: the entrance to the trail. Thanks for doing the research. May 18, 2011
smassey
CO
smassey   CO
Duly noted, sir. Probably a good reason to keep the hand-drilling to a minimum. Thx for the beta. May 15, 2011
smassey
CO
smassey   CO
Well, Matthias, it seems like some uninformed people beat you to the punch. Now there's a new page under B'ham area. They didn't even bother to cut and paste my beta. Kids these days... I'll take a look at the trail when I'm up there this summer. The base was largely fine. The area to the right of Smoke on the Water is eroding a bit. I'll probably build a few steps there on a day off. I've got some ASCA hardware to finish up the rebolting work, so it should be buffed out soon. May 8, 2011
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
It's nice to see fotografs of Julia's Outcrop, a special place where my dog and I had the place largely to ourselves.

One question: How is the trail to the base / and the base holding up? Erosion, etc. was something I wondered about should the area get a lot of traffic.

Also, a big thanks to Scott Massey and other A.A.I. cohorts who have refurbished the hardware. Apr 26, 2011
Justin Slagle
Palm Desert, CA
Justin Slagle   Palm Desert, CA
Julia's Outcrop should be in the Bellingham Area climbing group. Check it out, couple of fun routes. Also, you can boulder down at Larabee State Park, some good problems there, and the crash pad is only needed for some of them, otherwise you're landing on sand. Mar 2, 2010
Schoney
Joshua Tree
Schoney   Joshua Tree
I need there to be rock in B Ham area. Just visiting, but i need my fix. Dec 3, 2009
well said, Rafe. Does anyone have information about the van zandt walls? Oct 14, 2009
Rafe  
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