Leavenworth & Peshastin
The Peshastin Pinnacles
Peshastin Pinnacles, located along Highway 2 past Leavenworth
is a great place to climb when it's raining in the Icicle Creek Canyon.
That is exactly what was happening on the day in the picture above.
The rock is sandstone and is very different from the usual hard
rock. A true bolters paradise! Though there are some good gear routes,
more are bolted slabby routes. A great route to do is a two pitcher
called Pot Holes. Some good exposure and interesting 5.7/5.8 climbing
makes this route a classic of the area. The tunnel route on orchard
rock is a fun 5.6 as well.
Leading the first pitch of Pot Holes
Some routes I've done at Peshastin are:
Potholes - 5.8, Tunnel Route - 5.6, The gully
- 5.3, All the climbs of Martian Slabs 5.6-5.11a, Sunshine
slab 5.7, Windward Direct - 5.8, Diagonal Bypass - 5.4
Icicle Creek Canyon
Emily leading on Mountaineer's Dome
Mountaineer's Dome is an easy target for climbing seeing
as it is one of the first crags of the canyon, and its close proximity
to the road. There are a few good cracks running from 5.0 to about
5.9 or so.
Another great climb in the canyon is past 8-mile camp at
8-mile rock. Classic Crack, solid 5.9, is the best jam crack I've
found yet! It's somewhat short, but very sweet.