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A Wisdom that is Woe S 
Albinestone S 
Apes and Ballerinas T 
Between the Cheeks S 
Dead Reckoning (aka the Terry-Michaels route) T,S 
Heaven's rear-entry vehicle, parked out back, tow away zone T 
Normandy S 
Perverse Traverse, The S 
Up'er Zipper T,S 

The Beach Rock Climbing 

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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.

Getting There 

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Beach:
Between the Cheeks   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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'   
Dead Reckoning (aka the Terry-Michaels route)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Normandy   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport   
A Wisdom that is Woe   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the first pitch of the Upper Zipper (11...

Up'er Zipper 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Washington : Index : ... : The Beach
Amazing pure splitter crack climbing after the first pitch of flakes and bolts. Generally follows the upper 3 pitches of the Zipper aid line.P1: Some semi-strenuous laybacking at the start gives way to fun knobs and flakes, finishing up at a small overlap with a hanging belay (chained anchor). About 10c/d. P2: A crack starts up from the overlap. The first few jams are wide fists, but then the crack becomes thinner, ranging between fingers and hands. Pumpy. The crack continues into a shallow righ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

Photos of The Beach Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Perverse Traverse
Perverse Traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: Wilmans walkabout P1
Wilmans walkabout P1
Rock Climbing Photo: The Incision
The Incision
Rock Climbing Photo: Quadruple cracks on Lions, Tigers, and Bears.
Quadruple cracks on Lions, Tigers, and Bears.

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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.

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