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Westward Ho 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 600', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dave Whitelaw, Chris Greyell, Mark Hanna 2001
Season: Whenever dry
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Submitted By: Curt Veldhuisen on May 10, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: West side of Blueberry Hill showing Westward Ho (o...


Westward Ho makes great use of some the cleanest white granite at Darrington. It provides a direct line of sustained friction and crimps that will test any climber aspiring to be solid on 5.9 slab. The first four premium quality pitches are bolt-protected with modern hardware and fixed anchors. But this aint no sport route, pilgrim! Come prepared for insecure moves a ways above bolts with cheese-grater consequences.

The route is direct and obvious, with pitch ratings of 5.9+, 5.8, 5.9 and 5.9. From the top of P4 most rappel, but you can continue to the summit via four additional pitches of adventure climbing (slab, bushes, dirty corners) protected by gear. A more detailed description and topo are available in Weekend Rock-Washington, by David Whitelaw, who helped establish the route.

Descent reverses the route via double-rope rappels. I doubt a 70 would reach, but post up if you know otherwise.


Westward Ho is located immediately south/right of the Blueberry Buttress (see photo), so requires the same character-building Granite Sidewalk approach. From the base of the buttress, step right into the drainage. Scramble up a blocky corner to a small perch with a bolt for the initial belay.


Bolts (3/8”) typically spaced 20-40'’ apart (max of 8 per pitch). Small cams are needed for overlaps on pitch 4. A medium rack of cams and nuts is needed to continue beyond.

Strongly recommend helmets, because the route is exposed to minor rockfall – it is a drainage after all! If there is a party above on Blueberry Buttress, any dislodged rocks will be headed your way.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rappeling the clean slabs of Westward Ho
Rappeling the clean slabs of Westward Ho
Rock Climbing Photo: Westward Ho - pitch 2 - after an unusually snowy s...
Westward Ho - pitch 2 - after an unusually snowy s...

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