Snow Creek Wall Climbs | Leavenworth Rock Guides 


Outer Space Climb - Leavenworth
Chris enjoying the crux move's on Outer Space, a classic 7-pitch route on Snow Creek Wall

Mountain: Snow Creek Wall Climbs

Route: Outer Space (Grade III, 5.9), Orbit (Grade III, 5.8+)

Dates: May - mid-October



Cost: $375 for 1 person
$275 each for 2 people

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Cost Includes
Guide fee, use of climbing harness, climbing helmet, all group climbing equipment including a climbing rack.
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Cost Does Not Include
Transportation to/from Leavenworth, personal food, water, and clothing, rock climbing shoes.

Client to Guide Ratio: 1:1 or 2:1

Expedition PDFs 


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Snowcreek Wall - Outer Space Climb 1
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 1
Snow Creek Wall Climb
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 2
Snow Creek Wall Climb
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 3
Snow Creek Wall Climbs with the Northwest Mountain School
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 4
Outer-Space-Climb-1
Snowcreek Wall - Outer Space Climb 5
Outer-Space-Climb-2
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 5
Outer Space Leavenworth
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall 6
Outer Space Leavenworth 2
Orbit Climb - Snowcreek Wall
Outer Space - Snowcreek Wall
Snowcreek Wall - Outer Space Climb
We are one of the few guide services with access to Snow Creek Wall, a short 90-minute hike above Icicle Creek Canyon. Snow Creek Wall offers sustained, multi-pitch climbing on high quality granite. All of the routes are in the 5.8+ to 5.11 range, with the two most popular being Outer Space (5.9) and Orbit (5.8+), both 7 pitch routes offering a variety of climbing in a spectacular alpine setting. We can guide these routes at either a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, but climbers will need to be solid on their movement skills and efficient at pulling gear and belays.

Outer Space is one of the most well-know rock climbs in Washington State. It was featured in Fred Beckey's Book, 100 Favorite Climbs in North America, and Fred was in the first ascent party. This is a 7-pitch climb and features high-quality climbing on solid granite. The crux is an exposed traverse on the 3rd pitch, which provides access to the stellar 5.7-5.8 hand crack found on pitches 5 and 6. Solid granite, crazy chicken heads, comfortable belays, and nice exposure combine to make the headwall pitches on Outer Space some of the most memorable climbing in the area. We had the good fortune to climb the route with the legendary John Sherman and he was heard to utter, "This may be the nicest multi-pitch 5.9 route I have done."

Orbit sits to the climber's left of Outer Space and although overshadowed by its popular neighbor, Orbit offers superb, sustained 5.8 climbing on a route requiring a wide variety of climbing techniques. Well-featured granite provides crack climbing, face climbing, and an exposed roof, as well as more of those famous knobs and chicken heads. This 7-pitch climb provides a fun and diverse day of climbing on a classic wall.

In addition to Outer Space and Orbit we occasionally guide other routes on snow creek wall, so feel free to request other routes.

Itinerary 

It generally takes about 10 hours from car to car to complete a climb on Snow Creek Wall. Depending on the forecasted temperature for the day we start climbs between 7 am and 9 am and plan to be back at the car no more than 10 hours later. We generally budget 1.5 hours for the approach, 6 hours to climb the route, and another 2.5 hours to get back to the car from the top. Many parties will find that with the guidance of a professional guide, they can climb even faster than this without too much effort. We are often able to climb Outer Space and Orbit in the same day with strong climbers. The descent has a history of being problematic, but with proper route finding it is not too bad. Comfortable shoes for the descent are a must.

Qualifications 

Very good physical fitness, solid belaying skills, ability to climb 5.9 smoothly, and efficiently.

Additional Notes 

These climbs are offered only as a custom program - call to schedule. Under rules laid out by the US Forest Service, guided climbs in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness must occur Monday-Friday, group size is limited to 4 persons including guides.

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Our climbs of Snowcreek Wall take place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs & activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.