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The Hitchhiker - 5.11b

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (1)
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Bryan Burdo and Scott Johnston
Rock (Trad)
Double rack to 3" with micro gear, plus 1 #4 and optional #5.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.11b
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


Another spectacular creation from Bryan Burdo and his crew! This route tackles the impressive south face of SEWS via an amazing linkage of cracks and delicate face climbing. It begins approximately 200 yards downhill and climbers right from the equally amazing Passenger route. Both of these routes are among the finest of their grade in Washington!

Descent Options:

Down climb the South Arete and make two rappels in the gully back to the saddle. A single 60m rope might come up a bit short on the first rappel (we had a 70), so watch your rope ends here!

Submitted by: lithophiliac on 2016-08-16
Views: 290
Route ID: 116112

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.11b
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: lithophiliac on 2016-08-13 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars A strong candidate for best of its grade in Washington!

A spectacular route which should get even more popular with the recent publication of Blake's book. Every pitch on this route was enjoyable and diverse. There is an equal mix of hard slab and thin crack cruxes with some interesting stemming mixed in. Pitches 5, 7 and 8 all had some difficult sections, but I felt pitch 7 was the hardest. Bomber gear at all the cruxes which would be easy to aid on if necessary. A must do for any 5.10/5.11 trad leader!

Added: 2016-08-16