COVID 19, Social Distancing and Parking Access
The City of Anacortes continues to work to maintain local access to its parks and forest lands. We are asking our user groups to practice all pandemic social distancing protocol. Please observe our trailhead parking limitations, which includes a 10 vehicle limit at the 247 Trailhead at the base of Mt. Erie. The summit road is currently closed to vehicles. Thank you for your patience and understanding. May, 2020
Another fantastic sport route that deserves WAY more attention than it gets. Although less sustained than its neighbor, Freedom Fighter, Touching the Sky feels more exposed. This route can be broken into two pitches, or stitched into one 110' pitch for the full experience.
From the top of snag buttress, look for twin bolt lines leading up the slab. Touching the Sky takes the right bolt line, navigating gritty crimps up to a roof. Pull the roof on JUGS to reach the belay bolts above. From these bolts move directly left to the arete, making an airy step around to the left side. Cruise up the exposed arete and make a few tricky moves before reaching the three bolt anchor below the headwall. Three Raps get you back down to the ground.
12 bolts to bolted anchors. (book says pro to 1", but the climb never felt run-out without it)
A 60m rope successfully got us down to the top of snag buttress in one rap. Certainly tie knots if you plan on doing this...or use a 70!