Type: Trad, Boulder, Alpine, 1200 ft, 11 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: blakeherrington on Sep 21, 2017
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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Live Free or Die!™ is an excellent boulder problem halfway up the east face of liberty bell, featuring a rather involved approach (3.5 warm up pitches) and a sustained cooldown, leading to an enjoyable topout (mantle optional) on the summit.

You may ask, "Why would you choose another route with "free" in the name, when there are already 2 of those on this wall?" But there are already 3 routes with the word "Liberty" in their names, and since this is 'Mericuh! and these colors don't run, you can't just be satisfied with only 2 "freedom" routes.

It begins (and mostly climbs) shortly to the south/left of the Independence Route. After 8 pitches, Live Free or Die!™ reaches M&M ledge, and the final 3-4 pitches to the summit are best shared with the upper section of Thin Red Line. All LFoD belays are bolted.

P1-P3: 5.8, ,5.11, 5.11 Mostly on-your-feet bolted climbing past some small overlaps in the V2-V3 range. A few cams will come in handy. Veer left at the top of P3.

P4: 5.11 V5 The #SidewaysDownclimbDyno crux of the route occurs about 30m into P4. Let's hope that the prior 300' of climbing were a good warmup. It is height dependent but easy to pendulum through on a bolt if you forgot your crash pad. Finish via some excellent 5.10 and 5.11 face climbing shared with the left-hand option of the Independence route's P4.

P5: 5.11 Step right to a mostly bolted 5.11 pitch, starting to the right of the belay ledge. Finish with a few gear placements and pitons and a delicate v3 mantle, shared with the Independence. The belay atop this pitch is a tiny stance. Best to link into P6.

P6: 5.11c Step right (going high is easiest) to a flake, height-dependent v2-v4, then continue directly up a thin crack system with small gear to a nice belay ledge below a huge roof.

P7: 5.11+ Climb up and left past a bolt to the weakness in the roof. Climb through the roof (V3?) , and follow 5.9 cracks to a bolted leftward traverse. Traverse left, then backclean and step back up and right to the belay.

P8: 5.10 Climb the splitter hand crack to M&M Ledge.

P9-P11: Follow Thin Red Line (which has basically become the only way anyone finishes from M&M to the top). Rad easy V0 type climbing atop Liberty Bell! Extra style points if you climb the excellent splitter #2/#3 camalot crack that starts 35m above M&M. Subtract several dozen style
points if you bail from M&M ledge.


Start up a bolted slab near the right side of the east face. Right of Thin Red Line, left of Independence.


Doubles tips to #.5
Singles #.75-#4
Small Wires
70m, numerous slings/draws


This boulder sounds awesome. If you forgot to leave a big enough pad at the base, can you rap it from M&M with a single 70m rope? Sep 21, 2017
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Definitely one of the more interesting new listings I've seen in a while. The "TM" is a nice touch, thanks. Sep 21, 2017
Mikey Schaefer
Redmond, OR
Mikey Schaefer   Redmond, OR
Good job guys! Can't wait to check it out next summer. Sep 25, 2017
Nathan Hadley
Nathan Hadley  
I keep telling my friends at Seattle Bouldering Project that the bouldering potential at Washington Pass is endless!! If, in an absolute worst case scenario in which you forget your trifold MadRock pad that you bought just for this occasion, you can rap with a 70. Oct 6, 2017
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
So, I'm hoping this encourages the boulderers to use a toprope.

It's much safer that way.

You guys (Nathan and Blake) should put up more of these and advertise them at SBP. Oct 7, 2017