All Locations > Washington > Northwest Region > Darrington > Exfoliation Dome > Blueberry Hill & Proxima Wall
Avg: 3.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 600 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Dave Whitelaw, Chris Greyell, Mark Hanna 2001|
|Page Views:||1,193 total, 38/month|
|Shared By:||Curt Veldhuisen on May 10, 2015|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
DescriptionWestward Ho makes great use of some the cleanest white granite at Darrington. It provides a direct line of sustained friction and crimps that will test any climber aspiring to be solid on 5.9 slab. The first four premium quality pitches are bolt-protected with modern hardware and fixed anchors. But this aint no sport route, pilgrim! Come prepared for insecure moves a ways above bolts with cheese-grater consequences.
The route is direct and obvious, with pitch ratings of 5.9+, 5.8, 5.9 and 5.9. From the top of P4 most rappel, but you can continue to the summit via four additional pitches of adventure climbing (slab, bushes, dirty corners) protected by gear. A more detailed description and topo are available in Weekend Rock-Washington, by David Whitelaw, who helped establish the route.
Descent reverses the route via double-rope rappels. I doubt a 70 would reach, but post up if you know otherwise.
LocationWestward Ho is located immediately south/right of the Blueberry Buttress (see photo), so requires the same character-building Granite Sidewalk approach. From the base of the buttress, step right into the drainage. Scramble up a blocky corner to a small perch with a bolt for the initial belay.
ProtectionBolts (3/8) typically spaced 20-40' apart (max of 8 per pitch). Small cams are needed for overlaps on pitch 4. A medium rack of cams and nuts is needed to continue beyond.
Strongly recommend helmets, because the route is exposed to minor rockfall it is a drainage after all! If there is a party above on Blueberry Buttress, any dislodged rocks will be headed your way.