07.10/11.12 Exit 38

Since I started climbing in May, I had yet to experience the beautiful (and very popular) climbing at Exit 38 in North Bend, WA. As usual, I am never let down by the beauty Washington has to offer. We were off to a late start. Traffic was exactly what you would picture it to be at rush hour in the city, but my beloved travel companion, Sunshine, and I never mind. We spend traffic jams listing to Prof on repeat or talking about everything and nothing.

The drive is less than an hour out of the city, so we still were able to get a lot of hiking and climbing in before we turned in for the night. We met up with a friend Chris and a girl Crystal and climbed a couple routes at Interstate Park (after getting lost wandering in the woods for a bit). We ended up stumbling across a small plateau and decided that would be a great place to sleep under the stars. Since we had all of our gear on us, we ended up stashing it under a tarp near the area we planned on camping and as we descended down the trail back to where then truck was parked (40-ish minute walk). We Hansel & Gretel’d our way down, marking trees with climbing tape so we could find our way back. By the time we got to the parking lot, it was 10PM and we still needed to grab our sleeping gear and re-park the truck. Long story short, a mile and a half walk down the road in the pitch black (with head lamps leading the way) and another 40ish minute hike up the trail back to Far Side, we arrived at our camp. Gourmet dinner with couscous, TastyBites and two PBRs. Star gazing before bed with the dogs tucked in our sleeping bags, it was safe it say the day was a great success. And this was our view in the moring:

Upon waking up, we deciding sunbathing would be the best thing to do, so by the time we decided to pack up, it was after ten. Short “awkward family photo” shoot and we heading down to meet Chris and Crystal, other Chris and Aaron. Stashed some gear in the truck and headed to our next destination. It was about a ten minute hike to the Substation wall, which was under a trestle. Sunshine started the day off like a champ, leading a 5.10a (which I belayed, but was unable to finish climbing) and were later joined by Katie, Jenny, and several others. Assisted by Sunshine, I learned to rappel (off Glob Job), which was equally fun and terrifying. Was able to do several higher rated climbs, but since I have a bad habit of not writing keeping track of what routes I did and did not climb, I am unable to report them to you with certainty, so you don’t get to know.

Around 8PM, we decided to call it a day and packed up. Night cap of hula hooping, Tecate and small chatting with a couple other climbers, and we were off. All in all, short trip, but a blast, as usual. All photos are available for your viewing pleasure on my Flickr account.

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