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United States, Washington—Cascade Mountains, Beacon Rock, Final Curtain, 1988

Beacon Rock, Final Curtain, 1988. In July of 1988, Tim Olson and I climbed a discontinuous six-pitch arch, slab and dyhedral system up the central east face of Beacon Rock. Tim had attempted the route four times previously with Greg Lyons, Celil Colley, Wayne Wallace and me. On this ascent, we mostly free-climbed the wall, using some A3+ pins and a tension traverse. The second aid pitch was fixed from a previous attempt. In August, Tim and Wayne returned to free-climb the wall after Tim rappelled the route, cleaning dangerous exfoliated flakes and lichen. Neal Olson and Jim Davis free-climbed the route one week later, enjoying the second ascent.

Robert McGown