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North America, United States, Washington–Cascade Mountains, Index Town Wall, Lookout Point

Index Town Wall, Lookout Point. On March 14, Dan Klimke, Gary Buck- ham and I completed the first ascent of Steel Pulse. The route followed the crest of a prominent large bell-shaped slab on the right side of Lookout Point for three pitches. The climbing consisted of both free and aid climbing following a series of dihedrals which became smaller and the crack thinner as you neared the top. The climb took all day to complete and shortly before dark, we reached the top. We descended the climb in the fading evening light and hiked back to town in complete darkness without headlamps. (III 5.8, A3 + .)

Jeff Kelly