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North America, United States, Washington—Cascade Mountains, Symposium Rock, New Practice Area

Symposium Rock, New Practice Area. This newly “discovered” granite buttress rivals the Castle Rock of Tumwater Canyon near Leavenworth. It has been named Symposium Rock and there are a variety of routes on fair to excellent diorite. It is located on the east side of Blewitt Pass Highway across from the Ingalls Creek Valley. Routes vary in length from 200 to 300 feet on the upper rock to one-lead climbs on the lower rock. The routes to date from left to right on the front of the rock are: (1) Neurotic Route, F5, climbed in April 1966 by Paul Myhre and B. Nelson; (2) Central Route, F6, climbed in April 1966 by Don Cramer and C. Anderson; (3) Ecstasy Route, F6, climbed in April 1966 by Paul Myhre and D. Cramer; (4) Eagles Nest Route, F7, A-2, climbed in May 1967 by Paul Myhre and R. Oborn; (5) Psychotic Route, F6, climbed in April 1966 by Paul Myhre and D. Sorenson. Several good routes on the north and south sides remain to be done, as well as variations.

Paul Myhre, unattached