Long approach drive, but easy approach hike. Started at 2p. Went up and over Roothaan and to base of west side and climbed standard route. Great summit and did a non standard rap down to clean a bunch of gear left behind. Went up and over the north side of Roothann on way back.
Tons of snow this season made this July hike a 99% snow slog. Camped on the ridge just below Roothaan. Scrambled up Roothaan in the morning then hiked the rest of the way to Chimney Rock. Always a fun climb.
Couldn't drive all the way to the trail head because of too much snow. The entire approach was a snow slog, boot ski adventure. I had never been up there with so much snow. Very memorable. We were the first entries of the year in the summit log book.
not sure about the date... sometime in July.?.?...
Did the E.Priest approach. Wasn't feeling the love there.
The worst mosquito tornados I have ever experienced.
But the rock was great. Climbed just W.Face then bailed. Would like to go back for another go
Climbed a weird variation of the Rappel Chimney route. Super fun day trip, although very crowded. Left a #9 BD Nut.
A fun place in Spokane's backyard!
Backpacked in from the Pack River (East) side with three other friends. Bivy'd just below the West Face under clear skies. Climbed the next day in perfect weather and had a great time. We had the rock to our selves all day.
Climbed the west face route. I lead the first two pitches and Ryan Kelly led the last 4th class pitch. There was some disagreement in the group about the ratings, but I feel that it isn't really harder than 5.3. With three of us there and a little hesitation on the 2nd pitch (Ryan took a while to be sure that he wasn't going to lead the pitch) it took us longer than it would had there only been two of us. It was my first multi-pitch trad in two years, but I felt confident and didn't succomb to some of the exposure dread that my rope mates did. I can't wait to get back there and the silver dollars and harrison peak.
Climbed early. 5.3? Sure. Nice rock on all 3 pitches with plenty of pro but a few goofy feeling moves. Bootied a brand new red tricam. Didn't stay long due to dark clouds. Hail hit us real hard as we climbed into the truck - perfect timing!
Awesome route! Climb in morning to stay out of sun. Had some trouble finding car on the way out since we went to the East Priest Lake Road / Indian Creek State Park "trailhead". The flagging is no longer present. I think I prefer the trail to the bushwacking, although the road was nicer to our car.
Another beautiful day on Chimney Rock. This was my third trip in and it never gets old.
Chris and I started out in the shade in the morning on the west face, on It Ain't Hay. Chris lead the first pitch (5.9) which consisted of some really nice flake liebacking and jamming, to our sweet belay on top of a large detached flake. I lead the short second pitch (5.8) to the base of the Fun Roof. Chris lead the strenuous Fun Roof (10b) which was an amazing pitch! We went completely sideways under the huge roof.
In the afternoon the shade moved over to the east face. We headed over there and climbed the classic Cooper Hiser. This route has two very long pitches with some challenging climbing, then several possible third pitches. We exited via the South Nose route to the summit (5.9).
A great day!
Free Friends was very nice. Must come back to do the rest of the route. Rappel Chimney was fun, moderate climbing.
What an amazing place! Probably the best granite anywhere in Washington or Idaho. Really stunning Yosemite quality crack climbing. I will be back, soon!
Beautiful, fun route! Nice hike in with a couple of small snowfields left under the Roothan col. Summited in building weather and opted not to do a 2nd route - good choice, as it dumped on us on the way out. Tagged Roothan, in pelting hail on the hike back.
- Eric Barrett and Eddie Whittemore
Although perhaps not recomended, we did drive a honda prelude up to the trail head - carefully. Lots of snow on approach, beautiful weather, summited twice on Sat with Marc.
Have climbed this several times with Fred. Hey, what are belay slaves for?
Camped just below the summit of Roothan and started in at 5:45am to get an early start. Did 3 routes in one day then all the way back the car. The walk out sucked after a long day of climbing, but not having another soul climbing on the rock that day made it worth it. Next time I am going to try something on the east side.
Multiple ascents as noted below. Can't stay away. Did my first full-pitch lead here on 13 Sept. 1989.
3 September 1989; 13 Sept 1989; 20 Sept 1989; 3 Sept 1990; 4 July 1991; July 2001(?)- losing count!
Summited 10 plus times between 1977 and 1996 with various friends and family. A great day trip from Spokane.