[Climbing] (09/30/19) Prime Rib Route (5.9-, 11 pitches, Grade III) @ Goat Wall in Mazama, WA

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  • This summer, we did several other multi-pitch routes - a few at 2-3 pitches and one at 7 pitches (Condorphamine Addiction @ Leavenworth). Prime Rib was definitely the longest out of all at 11 pitches.
  • How the day went-
    • I found that the climbing itself wasn't difficult at any sections of any pitches. All of it was very enjoyable.
    • It was pretty cold though (low to high 40 degrees throughout the day) which added to the difficulty. My hands and feet were a bit numb at some parts of the climbs. It also had been raining so there were some wet sections which made some slab sections pretty slippery. 
    • I was worried about walking along the ledges to find the base of pitch 3 and 6. It turned out to be no problem though; it was pretty obvious where to go, and the "ledge" actually felt more like a hiking trail with plenty room from the cliffs. 
    • I led pitch 1 (5.4), 4 (5.9-), 6 (5.8), 7 (5.9-), 8 (5.8) and 11 (5.9). Jay led the rest.
    • We had stashed the mountain bikes at the top the day before, so we had a grand time biking down the road for an hour at the end of the day.
    • All in all, it was quite a long day - left the car at 7AM, and got back to the car at 7PM. We should have kept some food in the car though. We were absolutely starving and there were no food available until we drove 2.5 hours off from Mazama! 
  • How I felt
    • I am in love with multi pitch climbing! At the top of pitch 9, belaying Jay up, I had some moment to soak it all in and enjoy the view of the Methow River Valley. At the moment, I felt an incredible gratitude that we had gained the skills to be able to climb a wall like Goat Wall on our own. I also felt very much alive, as you do in the moments when you are a bit tired yet strangely alert from exerting yourself outside all day. I could hear the distant rumbling of the river which was so exciting because I was hanging on a tall wall with a couple thousand feet distance between my feet on the rock and the river.
More multi-pitch climbing to be continued soon.... :) 




In front of the Goat Wall. We were scoping the approach hike the day before.

How we stashed our mountain bikes at the top of the route before the day of climb
Jay at the top of pitch 5(?)

View of the Methow River Valley from the top of pitch 9




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