Other Side of the Tracks
Avg: 3.8 from 4 votes
|Type:||Trad, 650 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Packard, Hanna, Shappart 2006|
|Page Views:||659 total · 28/month|
|Shared By:||Curt Veldhuisen on Mar 27, 2016|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball|
DescriptionOther Side of the Tracks is well established as Spring Mountain’s most acclaimed and popular route. It features five long pitches of excellent face climbing with panoramic views of North Cascade peaks and valleys. At the route’s heart is the improbable and sustained headwall pitch (#3), surely one of Spring’s finest!
1. Up the broad slab to the 12’ vertical white headwall at 9+. Opinions differ on whether the crux is the grunty headwall or a tricky overlap midway up the slab. This pitch looks discouragingly mossy from below, but the holds are clean and more traffic will help.
2. Angle slightly left up the hanging slab at 5.7 to a 5.9 finish. A gorgeous pitch and immaculately clean, being above the forest canopy.
3. Tighten up your laces for the 5.10 enduro pitch! Right off the bat is a bulge that slows most suitors (tall ones less so), even with a bolt at their face. From there, work through endless crimps, smears, sidesteps and bolts - 14 and you won’t skip any. Quite a journey!
4. The angle backs off, but enjoyable face climbing continues toward the large fir tree with a 5.9 crux bulge. Several overlaps are protected by small cams.
5. More rambling slab climbing with bits of 5.9. Use the clean rock and bolts to guide you to the white rock and the top.
Rap the route with double ropes (50 m minimum). All belay/rappel stations are double bolts.