|Let's go rock climbing!|
The Supercave route was established in 2009 after 8 attempts by Spokane locals elaw and leearden (cascadeclimbers.com aliases). Boy did they score! Amazing find so late in the game up at WA Pass, hard to imagine Burdo didn't have his eye on this wall for years.
This route has some of the best stone i've climbed up at WA Pass, it goes all free at 11c, and is absolutely in the realm to be climbed at 10+ with a few french-free moves. Get some!
The approach begins just west of the pullout for the Burgundy col approach, it climbs easily up a loose-ish gully for about 45 mins to the base of the wall.
|Still psyched, approach #2 for the day.|
Nonetheless, we continued on up the gully to a big ledge system which we walked rightwards to the base of the first pitch. Pitch one follows a corner system up and left to a bolted belay at about 10a. Already I was giddy from the high rock quality.
Pitch Two. Oh wow. Pitch Two. I'd say one of the top 5 pitches at WA Pass of any grade, perhaps the best 5.10 pitch around. From the belay, climb twin cracks up and left to an immaculate corner, up the corner to a crux bulge then rounded cracks up more beautiful stone to a bolted belay. So GOOD!
|Jon leading up twin cracks off the belay.|
|Livin the Dream..|
|That was good!|
|End of September with no shirts on, WA Pass delivers.|
|We nicknamed this pitch The Beast.|
|Cruxing out on The Beast.|
|Clipping the first bolt.|
|Neato holds, exciting moves.|
|Jonny Pobst in the Supercave|
|Steep climbing leaves the cave|
P6 moved left around a pillar to an easy, slightly dirty corner. Up this corner, eventually moving right on moderate ground to a treed ledge.
|Blake's head on P6|
|Not a bad position|
|Blake topping us out with the Wine Spires in the background|
|Team No-Falls on top. Send of the Day goes to Jon, impressive climbing homie!|
So, the next morning Jon and I headed back up, taking the approach gully up and left past the wall to a sneaky treed ledge out right to the summit, grabbed my forgotten gear, and descended back down the way we came. It's a super easy walk off with just a couple 4th class steps, just so ya know.
Thanks for the great day out Blake and Jon!
Afternote: you can't really mention the M&M Wall without giving major props to first ascencionest Jim Langdon and Mead Hargis, whom, in September of 1969, sent the wall ground-up and in a day at 5.8 A4 with an 80 piton rack. Simply badass. I'd need a rest-day just hauling that rack to the base of the wall. In the days of 7oz approach shoes, soft-shell clothing, photon lockers, and CAMP Air harnesses it's hard to appreciate what a hardman crushfest this really was. Here's a great TR of Mr. Langdon climbing the Ice Cliff Arete on Mt. Stuart which really brings the HARDMAN out in him.