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North America, United States, Washington—Cascade Mountains, Early Winter Spires, South Spire West Face

Early Winter Spires, South Spire West Face. The unclimbed wall on the west side of the highest of the Early Winter Spires had been bypassed by climbers until this summer when on July 10 Jim Madsen and I made a direct ascent from the talus and grass at its foot. The first pitch in particular had a number of doubtful aid pitons. A total of 48 pitons were used by the time we met the upper portion of the southwest buttress.

Fred Beckey