The Beach, specifically the wide ledge at the base of the Upper Cheeks, stretches from the Perverse Traverse rightward to the gully next to the Diamond. The white faces of the Upper Cheeks house some of the steepest climbs in the area.
Because of it's lofty position, rock here stays cool in the summer heat when the lower walls are unbearable. Yet the area does not retain cold pockets of air on clear winter days. Sunlight strikes the walls in the morning, leaving the rock in the shade from the early afternoon.
With the adjacent areas of The Black Sea and the Lower Cheeks, this area has a concentration of climbing that rivals in quality and surpasses in scenic beauty any of the more traveled classics of the Lower Wall.
For instance, the 2nd pitch of the Up'er Zipper is as good as steep crack climbing gets in an astounding alpine position. Normandy overhangs 20' and stays completely dry even in a steady rain. As do the top rope-able routes directly below on the Lower Cheeks.
A common approach from the left side is via the Perverse Traverse.
As of March 2013, one can just clip into a thick cable and shuffle across to the Beach, completely protected. No rope is needed, and no perversity.
Climbing Season For the Upper Town Wall area.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Beach
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Beach:
Up'er Zipper 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 300'
Albinestone 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Normandy 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Featured Route For The Beach
Normandy 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Washington
: ... : The Beach
Prepare for battle. Multiple cruxes requiring a variety of skills. This route overhangs 20' feet over 90' and stays dry even in a steady rain once it has stopped seeping after the winter months.Fun climbing on clean rock with mind blowing exposure. Use a 70-m rope and be careful while lowering off. ...[more] Browse More Classics in Washington
Quadruple cracks on Lions, Tigers, and Bears.
By Ben Gilkison
Aug 2, 2015
When is someone going to free that Soul Finger? Think there has been a rope up there for some time.