American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Washington, Witch Doctor Wall, Voodoo Wall, and Solaris

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  • Publication Year: 2004

Witch Doctor Wall, Voodoo Wall and Solaris. The summer saw two aid climbs put up on Exfoliation Dome’s 1,100' Witch Doctor Wall in the Darrington area. The Voodoo Wall (IV 5.10 A2), established by David Burdick and Michael Swan- icke, starts on stepped ledges 400 feet uphill from the original 1969 route. The climb then follows a series of steep left-facing flakes and corners for seven pitches to the ridge crest. A moderate amount of nailing is required, though most of the route consists of clean aid and free climbing.

David Whitelaw, Chris Greyell, and Mark Hanna established Solaris (IV 5.10b A2+), a slightly longer and more sustained climb featuring a long and elegant ofiwidth, as well as many sections of thin nailing. Solaris is located 200 feet to the right of the Voodoo Wall. Both routes are equipped with bolted chain belays and are featured in the new guidebook Rattle & Slim: Darrington Selected Rock Climbs.

David Burdick

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