Midway - my first-ever lead on rock - remember it like it was yesterday. Not sure about the exact date, but it was sometime in 1991.
A fun steep climb directly up the middle of the south face of Jello (5.8+).
Forgot how fun the rock is.
fault, catapult, the Bone, SE Jello Tower, Midway with Jonah
awesome day with swim across the tumwater river to cool off and cap a funtastic weekend! Thanks Buddy.
Previous good times nostalgia with Hyer, Bruce, Studnicki, Robin.
Can't be a climber in the Cascades without climbing Castle Rock! Good times, fun routes...
Climbed Midway and Saber
Led this 2 pitch 5.6 to the top with Frank.
An awesome way to finish off after 3 days of mountaineering in the surrounding area. Ryan led to the top.
Nice location and rock. A good change from my home crag, the Gunk's
The quality of rock is pretty impressive on the Castle.
Castle Rock may have the most difficult ratings in Washington. Frankly, anything other than the easy routes scare me there. Climbed Angel Crack, Midway, Cat Burgler, and Saber.
We ended up climbing here several times after we got booted off of Rainier because of crappy conditions. Great rock and easy access make this a fun place to climb.
Pleasant in the morning but bloody hot in the afternoon. Maze of climber paths made locating routes the first time tricky, but once we had a few reference points life was good. Canary was great but got shut down on the roof of P1, (hands were toast!). Rats nest of rap slings under roof tells me I'm not the only one. Lovely rock, good holds, only slightly polished by popularity. Crack looked like a museum for old pitons.
... I took the trail to the top of Castle Rock. After having passed by the trailhead MANY times through the years, I was determined to check out the area. The views at the top were spectacular! I met a rock climbing group heading up "Midway", and they got me interested in returning another time so I can go up the direct route rather than the trail... once I get more comfortable with rock climbing.
Climbed several times by several routes and never fails to please.
I climbed a few routes here one year, but don't remember what they were - loved the short approach
First "Bigger Wall" experience. Have only previously climbed at Vantage and some of the easier stuff up icicle. No way in hell 5.8 is 5.8 at Castlerock. Felt like my climbing took about 2 gigantic leaps backwards as far as ability goes. Seconded Crack of Doom. Could barely hold on let alone pull pieces. Finally made it though after some hang dogging. South Face felt true to its grade and the top of Jello Tower is beautiful. Snow was still an issue on the approach and next to Jello tower on the North side. Belayed next to an iceberg, pretty cold. Will definitely be back. My Muscles are shot.
This was my first multi-pith climb. This was part of my 13-day mountaineering school. Very cool climb.
Great Route - Canary had a really cool step over move the was very airy a great rock to climb and a great way to spend a Saturday
Had a fantastic time on this excellent route.
Climbed with Machelle. Easy lead on good rock. A fun route but seemed sliffer than rated on the traverse to top of second pitch.