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Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Nov 1, 2017

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Comments: Quetzalcoatl 5.10c *** (orange line)
The Tooth Fairy 5.9 *** (black line)
Swiftly 5.9- **** (red line)
Redtail 5.9- *** (yellow line)
Batty 5.10a *** (blue line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Oct 23, 2017

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Comments: Turning of the Tide 5.10a ** (red line)
Batty 5.10a *** (yellow line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > Upper West Side > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Oct 13, 2017

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Comments: Note - that dark hole less than two feet from where the climber's left foot is is where the honey bees have built their comb.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Kettle Valley (Curlew)
By: applewood When: Oct 11, 2017

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Comments: Jon, There is public primitive camping on the south side of the river (most of the climbing is on the north) at Beal Park (about 2 miles down river from the Job Corps turn off). Also there is another spot right below the Bookstore crag (in the trees just east of the parking pullout). It's private (owned by a bank on the west side), but has no posted signage of any kind and has a fire ring and is used by climbers and probably hunters. Finally there is a terrace just up from the road at the ba... more >>


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > Main Canyon (aka Main Wall) > Main Wall > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Oct 11, 2017

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Comments: It is a classic - probably the only trad route at MC from the old days that gets climbed regularly.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > Lower West Side > Photo
By: applewood When: Oct 11, 2017

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Comments: Note profile of "Old Man McLoughlin" on the far left....


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > Parking Lot Rock (aka Corra... > Left Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Oct 7, 2017

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Comments: Note: the private land owner's fence does not match the property line as shown on the County Assessor's map (should be running E/W not N/S), but it's best to treat this boundary as the actual one.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge Mountain (Tonasket) > 1) Western Front > Lower Wall > Barbies are Buddhas Too (5.9)
By: applewood When: Oct 2, 2017

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Comments: Beware of the yellow jacket nest at the belay stance - inside the small rotting tree stump - as of Oct 2nd.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > Shattered Wall > Lower Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Sep 17, 2017

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Comments: Lower Shattered Wall topo;
Splattered - 5.11* 55' (blue line)
Battered - 5.10c* 55' (red line)
Shattered and Tattered - 5.10a* 60' (yellow line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > Parking Lot Rock (aka Corra... > Photo
By: applewood When: Sep 7, 2017

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Comments: Thanks Jon. Yes those boulders are huge supposedly some hard problems there. Yet.... I was walking down the main canyon yesterday looking up trying to see the bolts on the new routes some others have been putting up and I stumbled into a dip in the middle of the trail and almost stepped on a huge rattler! It buzzed me and slithered off instead of striking at my sandaled foot, thankfully. I think I'll just leave the canyon be till October...


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > Hidden Slot > Thirty Feet to Heaven (5.9) > Photo
By: applewood When: Aug 21, 2017

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Comments: Yes, considered that, but "to" came to me first! It is an amazingly fun route for only being 30' and the name refers to the rush of endorphins - after just 30'!. This shade was even at close to mid-day...


Location: North America > Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan > Skaha > ... > Et Tu Brutus (5.9)
By: applewood When: Aug 15, 2017

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Comments: Yeah it's tough when the climbing and guide book is in a country that uses meters! I'm going to delete my original comment now since it's no longer relevant. Cheers.


Location: North America > Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan > Skaha > ... > Primal Dream (5.10b)
By: applewood When: Aug 9, 2017

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Comments: Why do just the first pitch? The whole 200' route is great!


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > Hidden Slot > Storming the Gates (5.9)
By: applewood When: Aug 6, 2017

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Comments: I almost didn't develop it because of it being so short, but am glad I did. I suppose a person could do laps...


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > Hidden Slot > Storming the Gates (5.9) > Photo
By: applewood When: Aug 6, 2017

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Comments: Left to right;
Storming the Gates - 5.10a **** 40' (red line)
Barbarians at the Gate - 5.10a/b ** 55' (yellow line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > One Hand Clapping Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Aug 3, 2017

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Comments: left to right;
Mu - 5.10a *** 65' (yellow line)
Bear Necessities - 5.8 *** 70' (orange line)
Pooh's Arete - 5.10c *** 65' (red line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > Burge North - Hidden Canyon... > One Hand Clapping Wall > Photo
By: applewood When: Aug 1, 2017

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Comments: I know! Amazing to climb it today.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Jun 4, 2017

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Comments: Yeah it can be hard work. Easier when the lichen and moss is dry.... I hate scrapping/gouging my knuckles! What's really depressing is the stuff grows back. I scrubbed hundreds of routes in the Kettle Valley in the 90's and they're all licheny again. I guess eventually the bolts will rust away too... but I'll be gone by then.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Jun 4, 2017

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Comments: I think the trick is going often enough that the snakes just get used to you...


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Jun 4, 2017

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Comments: I've seen those kind, but they look too small for primary cleaning, but for cleaning while actually climbing a smaller brush would be way better.

I usually go through about one bigger brush per route - cleaning on rappel (then the top half can be cut off and the stubby brush can be used for less extensive work. Over the years I've gotten a lot less enthusiastic about scrubbing routes so thoroughly (figuring anyone complaining is welcome to do more if they want....) This route was actua... more >>


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - Middle Wall > ... > Photo
By: applewood When: Jun 4, 2017

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Comments: Thus the need to get an early start.


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - North End > Photo
By: applewood When: May 30, 2017

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Comments: One Shot Deal 5.9- *** (red line)


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - North End > Photo
By: applewood When: May 26, 2017

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Comments: Swiftly - 5.9- **** (red line)


Location: Idaho > South Idaho > City of Rocks > Flaming Rock > Tail Feather (5.10a)
By: applewood When: May 19, 2017

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Comments: As someone unfamiliar with this part of The City the start of Raindance did not jump out at us, although the more direct line of Tail Feather did. I thought Tail Feather an aesthetic looking line, while the indirect first pitch of Raindance (which we only saw once we had gotten down) looked contrived (and even abandoned seeming - lol). As for the long reach part (btw, they weren't very hard for me at 6'2" to reach, but I figured they would be for a short climber), the first was down... more >>


Location: Washington > Okanogan > McLoughlin Canyon (Tonasket... > South Canyon (aka Last Wall... > The Mid West - North End > Photo
By: applewood When: May 18, 2017

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Comments: All Been Done Before - 5.10a ** (red line)
Sundance - 5.10b *** (yellow line)


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