Rattlesnake Rock, New Routes in Tumwater Canyon. On January 7, Dave Beckstead and I completed the Wild Flower Route previously started by Roger Oborn and me. Starting across from and east of Piton Tower, the route goes behind and in a large crack to the top of the block where a short overhang and face are climbed free to Catwalk Ledge. Here it ascends another short overhang and face to another sloping ledge with an aid move, and from there it is class 5 to the top. About 20 pitons are required. The Catwalk Variation was climbed in May of the previous year by Beckstead and me starting from the ledge south of the large block across from Piton Tower. It follows a vertical aid crack (A-2) up the wall 30 feet to a foot-wide ledge and traverses left to the Wild Flower Route.
Paul Myhre, unattached