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Liberty Bell (Becky Route)
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 13:11:11
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 720m
Participants: Philip Akins, Jocelyn Akins 5.6 or 7-, Grade 1-2, 4 pitches (100m)
Southwest Face
Our first of many trips to Washington Pass I hope! Lucky for us, 4th of July fell mid-week this year and Liberty Bell (as well as adjacent climbs) wasn't crowded. Groups ahead and behind us, but we had the summit to ourselves.

As per the guide book and various online route descriptions, the approach is straightforward. The climber's trail (striking off from the Blue Lake trail at aprx. 1.7-8 miles) is very obvious, so don't be lured off-route by any of the false trails that come before it. Also noted by others, the approach gully is definitely high-risk for climber-induced rock fall. Bring a helmet. The entire approach was snow-free for us.

This was a perfect alpine outing for our relatively inexperienced party (I had to remind Jos how to belay at the bottom of pitch 1). A fun adventure made pretty stress-free by the low grade (mostly low 5th, with some 4th, and very short crux sections), length of the route, excellent rock, easy gear-placements, and rap anchors. As noted elsewhere, one challenge is managing rope drag through the lower chimney (pitches 1 and 2) and around the corner on pitch 3. Bring some long slings.

The climb starts just below the Liberty-Bell notch, at the top of the approach gully, and two 60m raps bring you back down to the notch, so you can leave gear here if you want. Be aware, however, that there are semi-domesticated goats in the area, and they will apparently go through your bags looking for goodies.

We were about 6hrs car-to-car, including half an hour on the summit.

[photo]IMG_20180704_071454692_HDR.jpg[caption]View from the highway (north aspects)[/photo] [photo]Approach_gully.jpg[caption]Approach gully (Liberty Bell-Concord notch visible at the top)[/photo] [photo]Pitch2.jpg[caption]Pitch 2, top of...

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