I was up at Washington Pass last weekend, soaking up the sun before the seasons start to change too much. One of the routes we did was the South West Buttress of South Early Winters Spire, a really fun 7 pitch 5.8 near the south end of the Liberty Bell Group near North Cascades National Park. The Liberty Bell Group is composed primarily of 5 pillars - Liberty Bell, Concord Tower, Lexington Tower, North Early Winters Spire and South Early Winters Spire. There are tons of great lines on the Liberty Bell Group, starting with beginner routes like the South Arete of South Early Winters Spire at 5.5. Or maybe you are up to the challenge of Liberty Crack on Liberty Bell which was freed at 5.13a? No matter what class you climb at, there is something for everyone in the Liberty Bell Group.
This area is one of my favorite climbing destinations. So I though I would dedicate this Weekend Warrior to the Liberty Bell Group. This first video gives you a great overview of the scenery and views from the area. It's hard not to take a look around when you are dangling from a rope half-way between two of the peaks!
Tyrolean from Joel Reid on Vimeo.
This second video is from the Smiley's, a husband and wife team who climbed Liberty Crack last year in an attempt to climb all the routes from the book "50 Classic Climbs In North America." You should definitely check them out.
Liberty Bell Mountain, Liberty Crack from Mark Smiley on Vimeo.
Have a great weekend!
-James Pierson, Program Coordinator