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North America, United States, Washington—Olympic Mountains, Mount Cruiser, Southeast Face

Mount Cruiser, Southeast Face. On August 27 Paul Karkiainen and I climbed the southeast face of Mount Cruiser direct from its lowest point. The face is about 300 feet high, steep and unbroken but with adequate holds. The longest lead went 140 feet over the steepest portion of the face to a 6-inch standing-belay ledge. The route comes out about 20 feet west of the summit on the ridge. The entire route is well to the right of the standard route. NCCS IV, F5. Piton cracks are scarce.

Dick Benedict, unattached