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Discovering Modern Classics in the Cascades

Posted on: August 26th, 2009 by admin

Jens Holsten on the three-star new route Gorillas in the Mist on Mt. Stuart. Photo by Blake Herrington.

Jens Holsten on the three-star new route Gorillas in the Mist on Mt. Stuart. Photo by Blake Herrington.

The Internet has done a lot to help climbers find good new routes between the publication of guidebooks, but it’s tough for even fanatic climbers to keep track of all the blog and forum posts covering their local areas. Climber Blake Herrington has tackled this issue for alpine routes in Washington and southern British Columbia by collecting and collating a list of more than 100 recent “unpublished or under-published routes,” with links to online information for most of them and star ratings for the routes he has done (which is a lot).

“The mountains between Seattle, Spokane, and Vancouver have seen prodigious activity in the last few years, and many of the new routes are amazing,” Herrington wrote on his blog. “The question is: Will anyone climb them, or will they fade into obscurity?…. If or when some of these routes get traffic, they could become the modern classics of the range, and some of the hardest or best alpine climbs in the contiguous U.S.!”

This is an amazing community service, and it would be great if climbers around the country (or around the world) would adopt the same mission for their own local crags and peaks. Do you know of similar lists? Let us know and we’ll publish the links at Inclined.

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