Date: 25 June 2000 Maybe the best climbing trip we made during the whole trip. The scenery was incredible, and the climbs were a blast.
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A Rambling Stream Location: Deception Crags Bryan and Drew pose for a picture with quite a backdrop.
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The Same Rambling Stream Location: Deception Crags However this time our fellow adventurer, Abe, poses for a shot.
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Now that's a trail Location: Deception Crags Check out that tressle. I wonder if it's used for anything but getting to the climbs?
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Bright and Early Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags Judging by the sun (and my watch) I'd say that we got here about 7. Yes, that's 7 AM. No wonder no one else is here yet.
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The Handy, not-quite-so-accurate Guidebook Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags It got us to the crags and helped us find the climbs we wanted, but the drawings were distorted (or maybe we were just distorted). (Check out the name of climb #1 on the left page. It cracks me up everytime I read it.)
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Homo Erectus (the climber) Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags Drew leads the first ascent of the day.
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Huh? Belaying? Someone's Climbing? Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags You mean he's supposed to be on belay? Don't worry he shouldn't fall.
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No Running in the Halls! Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags Abe obviously didn't heed the name of the climb, as he ran right up it.
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Looks Like We Have Company Location: Write Off Rock, Deception Crags The Blue Jay is probably wondering why we're having such a hard time getting to the top of the cliff.
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Taking the High Road Location: Deception Crags Talk about a low-impact trail.
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Yet Again, the Same Rambling Stream Location: Deception Crags This time nature poses for a picture.
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Welcome to... Nevermind Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags
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Sharp, Pointy Rock Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags Most people consider grabbing sharp objects bad, however climbers are truly a different breed.
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That's one Big Wall Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags Abe leads Neverigine, which in this picture looks like a never-ending face of rock.
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Neverigine Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags Drew takes on Neverigine. I wonder what where the name Neverigine came from... probably some long-forgotten inside joke that we could never hope to understand.
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Architect's Rally Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags Although certainly not an architect, Abe rallies up the rock.
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A Little Change in Elevation Location: Nevermind Wall, Deception Crags Ready to climb that mountain? ...maybe next weekend.
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Quite a Backdrop Location: The Tressle, Deception Crags If only all climbing areas were this beautiful. Notice how clear it is, and remember that you might never again see it this clear in Western Washington.
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Not Just Climbers Location: the parking lot at Deception Crags It turns out that the tressle is used for all sorts of things, such as horseback riding, biking, hiking, and even riding in old country wagons. More then once a horseback rider asked us, "You actually think that's fun?!?"
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I Like the Sun Location: We Did Rock, Deception Crags After climbing in the damp rain for the past two weeks, the bright sun was a welcome relief.
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A watchful eye Location: We Did Rock, Deception Crags Bryan belays Abe.
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one last look Location: We Did Rock, Deception Crags Well, I'd say seven hours or so of deception crags is enough. off we go to return to our pale geekiness.
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The three stooges Location: We Did Rock, Deception Crags