May-October: Cascades Rock Climbing

May-October: Cascades Rock Climbing

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1 to 3 days

Ratio 2:1 to 1:1

Snoqualmie Valley. From North Bend to Snoqualmie Pass, the Snoqualmie Valley is dotted with a series of crags, providing easily accessible rock climbing just outside of Seattle. Its proximity allows me to offer half-day bookings here too.

Mt Erie. A quieter option with similar climbing to Snoqualmie Valley lies on the south side of Mt Erie, near Anacortes. Mt Erie is often in a dry shadow when its raining in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Darrington. Some of the best multi-pitch and traditional climbing on the west side of the Cascades is outside of Darrington. The massive domes of Squire Creek, 3 O'Clock Rock, Exfoliation Dome, and Green Giant Buttress offer quality climbing at a moderate grade and a remote feeling, less than 2 hours drive from Seattle.

Smith Rock. 30 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon, Smith Rock is a climber's playground. Considered the birth place of American sport climbing, Smith Rock also has great trad climbing and routes for every level. Its a fantastic destination for a long weekend or doubled up with a climb of Mt Hood. There's camping in the park or lodging options in town. Best climbed in May, June, September or October.

Rock Rescue. Do you know what to do if your partner gets hurt when you're off the deck, on some multi-pitch route? How will you reach them and take care of their injuries, and then get them down? Consider taking a day at any of these locations to learn some critical survival skills for multi-pitch routes.