Monday, June 13


I've been pretty dang psyched on the Seattle scene since I first visited here 2 years ago. The local climbing is remarkably good, the food is great, the people are awesome and the city is fun. I've loved returning to Sea-Town whenever possible.

Thankfully last fall, my homeboy Bret Johnston kindly reminded me of a long-standing Eric Kubiak project at the choice local cliff, Little Si. This route was originally the primary goal of this trip, but poor weather diverted me to lovely Smith Rock for almost a week - obviously not at all bad thing. Now that the rain has finally quit, I'm up in Seattle, ambitious to get this incredible project done.
beautiful northwest...
beta photo - click to enlarge
It's a massive extension to Erik Kubiak's bouldery 'Whore of Babylon' 14b. After climbing through the majority of this mega line, you break left to join 'Lost Horizons' 14a/b at a decent rest just before it's ~23 move continuous crux, finishing with 35 feet of 12- climbing to the top of this huge wall. I have to lower twice with my 80meter rope. It's pumpy, massive and of super high quality. I'm very stoked on this rig.

Yesterday was my second day on the route and I made some great links, climbing through 'Whore of Babylon' and into the upper crux from the ground. After some beta refinement, I managed to link from the top of the first crux to the summit. I can't wait to piece this epic pitch together!