All Locations > Washington > Northwest Region > Darrington > Exfoliation Dome > Blueberry Hill & Proxima Wall
Avg: 3.9 from 10 votes
|Type:||Trad, 1100 ft, 10 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||D. Coltrane, M. Hanna|
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|Shared By:||Daniel Coltrane on Aug 30, 2012|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
DescriptionAncient Melodies heads up the center of Proxima wall connecting prominent fetures between improbable sections of steep slab that have just enough features to keep you going. It also has three approach pitches added June 2014, beta listed in the comments section below.
Pitch 1 35m 5.9+ 8 bolts. Climb straight up along ribs to a small overlap. Step up over the lap then cruise up and left to the chains.
Pitch 2 35m 5.8 5 bolts, gear. Continue up through some small parallel cracks then 10-15 m of 5.8 slab to the chains.
Pitch 3 50m 5.10+ 13 bolts. This is where the fun starts. Climb about 45m of small face holds, slab, and mantles to where the wall begins to steepen. From here a 4 bolt sequence on thin side pulls and face holds with no feet will get you to the chains at a large arching ledge. Fun last move to the ledge.
Pitch 4 40m 5.10 11 bolts, gear. "Boss Hogg Pitch"
This stellar pitch follows a long right facing corner that has occasional gear placements and thoughful climbing. Another pitch with a fun crux right before the chains. Don't get too pumped on this long sustained pitch.
Pitch 5 30m 5.10+ 12 bolts, gear. Head up and right through an invisible foot traverse to gain the left facing corner. Once here experience the desperate smearing and miniscule finger locks through the corner. Good foot work will be the key on this pitch.
Pitch 6 25m 5.11-(5.10 A0) 10 bolts, gear. The crux on this pitch comes right off the belay and doesn't let up for 10-15 feet until the angle of the wall decreases. Cruise up very thin holds along a slippery dike, the second move can be skipped by french freeing the bolts, but will only make the pitch slightly easier.
Pitch 7 25m 5.8 2 bolts, gear. The final pitch is a short mungy adventure to the top of the wall. Cimb up and right past 2 bolts to gain a large left facing corner that ends at the top of the ridge. A little dirty per Darrington top out pitch standards.