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North America, United States, Washington-Cascades, Midnight Rock, Tumwater Canyon

Midnight Rock, Tumwater Canyon. In May, starting from approximately below the prominent large balanced rock, Ron Priebe, Ed Cooper, and Irv Dunn climbed a route which they dubbed the “Widowmaker.” This class 5-6 climb required 14 pitons. The “Great Traverse,” to the right of the “Twin Cracks” route, was climbed on May 17 by Don Claunch, Fred Beckey, and Frank Tarvur. The route was primarily difficult fifth class, and used a number of pitons and wide wooden blocks.