Liberty Bell - Becky Route

Description:  The Becky Route is a Wa Pass classic as it follows easier terrain to reach an amazing summit.  There is much out there about this route, so I won't get into much detail but here is a high level overview.  Pitch 1 follows moderate terrain to a large belay ledge with a tree below and obvious chimney feature.  Pitch 2 is the chimney feature that can be a bit of a wrestling match, it is possible to stay out away from the chimney at the start which is less of a wrestle but also less secure.  Pitch 3 has some nice low angle terrain great rock and the finger traverse move halfway up. The last bit is a few hundred feet of scramble with the un-exposed 5.7 slab feature move.  I first climbed this as a Mountaineers climb on 8.10.08.  On that trip I recall we got to the base behind a couple that had just told us they slept in some cave despite precipitation the night before.  The guy seemed experienced ( though aloof) and the lady not so much.  She was a bit confused belaying, though did reach the summit, with limited to no experience. He rapped first and left her fumbling with her belay device asking how to setup a rap.  She made it sound like it had been several years and she was clearly not fresh with here skills.  I radio'd down to give her a fireman's belay and all was good.  But good reminder that its important to communicate with you partner and always work to stay fresh on those skills.

 

 

Stories by Scott Heinz ( Medical Moose Labs)

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