It rained all the way to the trailhead. We decided to head up anyway. The rock was wet, but at least we had the route to ourselves. It actually started to dry out near the top. After we had rapped down, the sun came out and the weather was very nice, making it a good hike out.
The Beckey route is always a pleasure. A great route for the first time alpine climber.
Great climb! We were down before anyone else was even on route. Very suprising for a beautiful Saturday.
Snow in July? What started out as an impending non-summitt turned into a great sun-filled climb. Fairly easy three pitches, with a great view of folks climbing Concord and, of course, goats.
Fun route, good alternative to the slightly easier Beckey Route.
A super fun multi-pitch climb. Pretty busy on the route but everyone on our day was moving at the same speed. We even got to hand out with the mountain goats! Did in a day along with concord tower.
Nice consolation after getting stormed off of Forbidden Peak.
This is such a fun climb!
Tom Fralich and I climbed this great route (see his post below).
Excellent weather, great climbing, lots of fun. Most likely the best technical rock accent I have ever done next to "Outer Space" on Snow Creek Wall in Levenworth.
Did this climb in a mountaineering class I was taking at the time. First true rock climbing experience, I'd have to admit. Wonderful, though, because though it may seem easy to most, it taught me a lot about technique and about keeping calm. Gully leading up the start of the climb was a bit sketchy, hard snow (was hard to climb down more than climb up, however), and the first pitch was a bit shakey for me since I had never really climbed like that before. (I was learning, ok? Hehe!) However, the route got better as the pitches increased. Third pitch was the best. We went a route my dad had done years and years earlier with my mom - grreeaatt exposure. I had to jump practically from one rock to another with a gap that showed about 2500 ft. below me down to the N. Cascade Highway. It turned out that wasn't the actual route, but it was fun anyway to be able to face that exposure. Best part would have to be the couple sections of chimney climbing, I really enjoyed those, I seem to be better at that than face climbing. :) Made it to the top and clouds seriously parted just at the summit so I could get a 360 degree view of the North Cascade mountains. Life changing experience. I love it!
We got a casual morning start from camp at Lone Fir CG and reached the trailhead to find surprisingly few cars. We had all heard horror stories about traffic jams on our intended route, so we raced up the approach trail passing several parties. We arrived at the start of the route around 10:30 to find only a single 2-person party already starting up the route. No waiting for us! We quickly geared up and started the classic 400-foot Becky Route on the southwest flank of Liberty Bell as several other parties began to arrive and take their place in line. This route was also a mix of climbing and scrambling, but the climbing was harder, longer, and more interesting than what we found on SEWS. We all thoroughly enjoyed the entire route and reached the summit around 12:30.
With many different SACer's on many different trips, also with Leslie and Kelsi (need to get my son up there too). Fun, easy climb; nice to do mid-week when you have the summits alone. Great rappel anchors now for descent; easily done with a single rope.
My second time, worth doing more than once. Popular and crowded.
Since last year's Silver Star climb have been intrigued by all the climbing possibilities in the WA pass area, so finally got to try something there. After a short night at the Blue Lake TH parking area, Jim and I headed to Liberty Bell. On the way up I ended up taking the wrong gully filled with sandy and loose stuff blocked by a nice! big rock. Climbing over this c..p warmed me up. There were only two guys from the town Mazama on the route and they knew their stuff and flew up the route. We leasurely climbed and enjoyed the route. The views from the top are awesome in every direction. The route was very enjoyable quite moderate and not exposed. Came down in three raps and quickly went back to car to go to our next goal NE ridge of Black Peak...
Climbed with hkutuk - very fun route! The second pitch was the most interesting, while the third pitch was much easier than we had expected. We only saw two other people on the route the whole day.
Climbed with Felix Danila on a cloudy and cold day (after climbing S Early Winter Spire the day before). With the Memorial Day weekend crowd gone, we were the only party climbing anywhere in the Liberty Bell group. Since we knew the approach from the day before, we made very good time to the snow couloir and found good snow conditions. Once on the route, I bypassed some ice in the initial chimney by climbing to the left (about 5.5). Felix led the Pitch 2 chimney and I had fun with the traverse below the roof on Pitch 3. Easy scrambling brought us to the summit. We found the rappel descent very easily. The descent down the snow couloir was the scariest part of the climb, but snow conditions were still good and it went uneventfully. We left Washington Pass feeling very lucky to have climbed two routes in non-ideal conditions.
Jeremy Person and I climbed the Bell and had a grand ol' time. We're the chuckleheads who left the pages from the Selected Climbs book in register...
With Fred. Way fun.