Trad, 800 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III,
Avg: 3.7 from 42
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Seasonal Raptor Closures
Each year, the USFS monitors for raptor nesting.
In 2015 and 2016, there was a pair of golden eagles at Bridge Creek Wall. When in effect, starting January 1, PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB or travel within 1/2 mile of Bridge Creek Wall. As a reference, the climb Condorphamine Addiction is just outside of this 1/2 mile buffer, and is OK to climb still. The closure extends through August 15, but there is active monitoring to determine if the seasonal closure can be lifted earlier.
In 2014, there was an active pair of peregrine falcons at Snow Creek Wall, but no official closure was put in effect due to the location of the falcons. The site will be continually monitored with changes or removal of closures updated as necessary.
Hyperspace is a combination of various pitches on Snow Creek Wall, generally following the left side of the massive "Shield" formation. The climb is in between the two moderate classics, Orbit and Outer Space. Several minor variations exist.
The traditional start is RPM, a runout 5.10+ dirty slab. The more common start is Remorse.
P1 - 70m
P2 - 30m - 5.11a - The Psychopath pitch follows a nice finger crack off the left end of the belay ledge. This crack eats up small nuts and cams. After about 1/2 or 2/3 of the crack's length, a few small knobs appear on the left. Move onto these knobs, then from the top of these knobs, swing back right into the crack and up to the belay ledge. Alternatively, its possible to continue to face climb out left of the crack for the remainder of the pitch (5.7R).
P3 - 50m - 5.9 - Follow obvious cracks up a right-trending ramp and corner.
P4 - Step right from the belay (look down and note the massive fresh rock scar!) Follow thin flakes, slabs, and a corner upwards, with better than expected pro.
P5 - 40m - 5.10c - Follow the beautiful left-facing corner, past a small tree and bolt (which would be used to link into Outer Space).
P6 - 40m - 5.10d - There are two main corners/chimneys.Eventually be in the rightward one, although both are initially climbable. The left one leads to a sticker bush, move rightward before this point. From the top of the chimney system, face climb leftward (often fixed gear) and make a few desperate and physical moves upward into a flaring/cramped stance (The Pressure Chamber). Face holds on the right wall allow one to stem wildly rightward across the overhang, and reach and thin finger crack, and then a much better positive layback flake. Above this spot, follow the left-facing corner for 25' (5.10a) and then traverse left on a hidden foot ledge to comfortable belay.
P7 - 30m - 5.10a - Traverse left to the end of the foot ledge and follow the crack up to a roof.
Descend to the left (walkoff) as for Outer Space.
Approach Snow Creek Wall via the Snow Lakes Trail. Stay on the trail for ~1.5 miles, until almost past the wall. A trail down through the woods leads to a log crossing on Snow Creek, and up to the wall at the base of P1. The walkoff from the top is to the left.
1 set of nuts
Doubles of cams to #2 camalot, one #3, one #4.
Routes on Snow Creek Wall
Pressure Chamber looming above. Photo by Jake Evans.
Kyle leading the Psychopath pitch, just above the 11a crux.
Following the Twin Cracks pitch before getting my turn in the Pressure Chamber
Jon Pobst in the corner just above the Pressure Chamber section of Hyperspace, Snow Creek Wall, WA.
Yellow wall variation
The Pressure Chamber pitch.
The first pitch of Hyperspace after it cuts off from Iconoclast.
"Hatchet block" at the start of the Hyperspace corner.
Climbing through the Pressure Chamber
Pitch One of Hyperspace.