Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rock Climbing - INDEX, Washington!

Index is a very popular climbing destination just north east of the big city of Seattle. The walls here have been getting climbed for many years but locals have done a very good job on keeping it a secret. Granite cliffs towering above the little town of Index (pop. 160) have brought climbers from all over to test their mettle against the gnarly big walls full of amazing climbs for many years. Index is just off the Steven Pass Highway 55 miles northeast of Seattle and it hosts great camping, lots of routes and a wonderful atmosphere. This area has a very similar climate to Squamish with the moss filled forests and lots of rain with the driest times coming during the summer months. Leavenworth is just a little drive away and hosts a much drier climate if you get rained out. Bouldering, awesome cracks and vertical faces await, and with this link to a very good guidebook page, you should have enough beta to get out and enjoy this great place. If you need more "Sky Valley Rock" by Darryl Cramer is a more recent full length guidebook. ENJOY!

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