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North America, United States, Washington?Cascade Mountains, Liberty Bell, Southeast Corner, Freedom Rider

Liberty Bell, Southeast Corner, Freedom Rider. Bryan Burdo and I climbed this route on August 13 and 14. It follows the comer system beginning 150 feet left of Liberty Crack. After the first few moderate pitches, increasingly difficult climbing on the fourth pitch leads to exit cracks on the right, which are followed to a ledge next to Liberty Crack. After 30 feet of an open-book directly above, a spectacular traverse and step across to the left leads to crack systems. These are followed for 150 feet to a large sandy ledge, which makes a wonderfully comfortable bivouac. Next, the route ascends the Liberty Crack second-ascent party’s route through Medusa’s Roof. This involves some very exposed chimneying past the roof and then takes crack systems directly to the summit (IV, 5. 10d).

Steven C. Risse