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Mt Si climbing info

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Khole · · West north America · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 0

Can anyone point me in the direction of where I can find some more information/guides about the mountain? I found several routes on summitpost for the hay stack but nothing for the vast stretch of the tall west facing walls to the north of mt si. It looks chossy but I can't believe that much exposed rock is untouched. I'm new to the northwest area and have been staying in North Bend. Mp only has info on little si and other sport climbing. I would love to do something on those formations

Jon Nelson · · Redmond, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,940

From what I have heard, some parties have done routes there, but the access involved private property so the info hasn't been publicized.

I agree that there seems to be tons of adventurous climbing potential there, and so visible from town.

Maybe everyone just has to explore on their own and seek their own adventure. Each ascent becoming essentially a first ascent.

Chipper Maney · · Seattle · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 30

It is my understanding that the NRCA Public Use Plan limits climbing activities to existing areas where climbing has already been developed, essentially Little Mt. Si.

DNRs Natural Resource Conservation Area webpage has the Public Use Plan, in which Page 32 contains a description of acceptable climbing activities within the NRCA and includes the statement "climbing [on the face of Mt. Si] should be allowed by [permission to access from private] landowner for monitoring purposes":…

Adherence to this guideline will prevent future problems with access to existing climbing areas...There are plenty of walls to climb farther up in the mountains!

Eric Thompson · · Mountlake Terrace wa · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 125

You could access the cliff from public lands it just wouldn't be convenient.

As for what chipper Manny says....HOGWASH.

I just read the report, first off they are "recommendations", secondly the people who wrote that report know nothing about climbing to be kind. Go read what they wrote about the haystack section of Mt. Si. F-ing laughable...

Their language is around establishing more sport route and sport route areas. It's more about concerns of impact from parking and groups. I would guess the private land owners, under that big cliff, don't want to deal with crowds, trash, new access and so forth. That doesn't mean you can't leave the trail and climb MT Si any way you like or by any cliff you like and go right to the top of the haystack if you like.

That said, please stay off of people's private property and be respectful to land owners so we can keep good relations as climbers. Please tread lightly, leave no impact and climb anything you want on public lands....

And if you're up there please keep an eye out for the body of a base jumper that has been up there for 8 years on or about those cliffs. It was a man from Florida and if we could return any part of him to help bring closure to that Family that would be cool.…

Khole · · West north America · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 0

Thanks for the help! Does anyone know what has already been done on those northern wall beyond the haystack? Is there as to what you have said does that mean a no bolting rule? Or just start at little si and hike in to avoid the private land.

Chipper Maney · · Seattle · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 30

Well, the Management Plan and Public Use Plan are what are listed by DNR--who manages the NRCA--as the Management Plans of record for the Mt. Si NRCA. Some people may disagree about whether these are guidelines or actual rules, but I think although the authors may not be climbers, it is pretty clear they have considered climbing as one of many uses that may impact the area socially and ecologically. That is, they have thought about more than just certain people's desire to send. The question of whether the authors are intimately involved with climbing is not relevant, as it is not a climbing document, but a Management Plan for a Natural Resource Conservation Area. The argument that they are not climbers so fuck 'em is salacious.

Therefore, I suggest there are likely people that know what current practice is for developing or climbing outside established areas in the Mt. Si NRCA, and maybe they can chime in here.

I still assert that you at least do some more research and make a firm determination about permissibility before you start climbing in these areas. For example, calling DNR would be a good start.

Pete Spri · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 286

I think every climber eyes that face heading east on 90.

It looks loose to me. I would try to look at it through a telescope before bushwsking to get to it through public land.

Logbear · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0

I found some old pictures a of a climb I did on the West Face about 25 years ago.  Up near the top of the rock pile we hit a sheer wall but there was a small steep ledge that headed to the left (north)...very small, more like a crack with some small bushes growing out of it.  My buddy Ron Briggs had been up this route once before and told me he followed mountain goat shit and figured if the goats go this way he could too.  Sure enough there was fresh goat shit and even some goat hair on a bush growing out of the crack.  I remember being very happy to get off that crack.  We weren't using any ropes and there was lots of exposure.

Logbear · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0
Logbear · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0
Logbear · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0
Logbear · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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