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Other Side of the Tracks 

YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 650'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Packard, Hanna, Shappart 2006
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Submitted By: Curtveld on Mar 27, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Topo for Other Side of the Tracks and Erockticka C...

Description 

Other 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.

Location 

Follow the standard Spring Mtn approach trail. When you first see the crag through the trees (~ 90% of the way up) the path forks. Steer left and side-hill to the cliff’s low point. Under massive old-growth firs, cross the obvious ‘spring’ (a tiny clear stream emerging from the wall’s base) to a shady slab with a huge grungy corner on its left. OST is the lone route up this slab - the first bolt is around 15’ up.

Protection 

Draws/slings (14), gear to 2” (mostly cams) and skill to find good placements. OST is well protected but not a sport route.


Photos of Other Side of the Tracks Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back at the belay, halfway through P5
Looking back at the belay, halfway through P5
Rock Climbing Photo: OST pitch 2.  Beautiful hanging slab!
OST pitch 2. Beautiful hanging slab!
Rock Climbing Photo: The money pitch - #3.  Long sustained face climbin...
The money pitch - #3. Long sustained face climbin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Other Side of the Tracks, pitch 1. Climbs much cle...
BETA PHOTO: Other Side of the Tracks, pitch 1. Climbs much cle...

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By Andrew Davidson
From: Everett, WA
Apr 3, 2016

Optional Rap Route from the P2 Anchors, is to rap down Pastor of Muppets. It's more of a straight line down.

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