West Ridge Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Jay Harrison on Dec 14, 2012|
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This is the ridge lying south of the hiker's trail before reaching the saddle that delineates it from Hadley Mtn. proper. The most extensive development, and the best climbing, lies on the extreme southern end of this ridge, at the Rods'n'Guns Wall. There are several outcrops along the east-facing slopes, but they've yet to see development, in part due to their being much chossier than they look from a distance.
The current herd path diverges from the hiking trail about fifteen minute's walk up, at a small hemlock on a dirt bank on the left (south) side of the trail. Cut off here, maintaining elevation (occasional cairns may help) until you've passed under a series of small ledges. Look for a cairn on a large flat slab, walk up past it and continue south, dropping down near the first significant (>50' tall) cliff. At the lower corner of this cliff, you will have to work through a short bit of rockfall to avoid walking on a private inholding boundary, but soon public land includes the level bench below the slope. You will pass an attractive boulder and a minute later, see the Whaling Wall, a cliff nearly 100' tall, on the ridge to your right. The path continues along the plateau, crossing a major drainage, diverging from the steep ridge and continuing through easy, open woods before curling west to a gully that leads downward to the eastern end of the Rods'n'Guns Wall.
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