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.