Once a year or so, my buddy Levi and I try to do something awesome. This year we targeted Little Sister,
one of the only technical rock climbs to get to a peak visible from my house


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The start of the climb involves a pretty steep hike with little to no trail initially. The slight blue sky here
was about the only non-smoke sky we got for the day though sadly.


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Once we got to the ridgeline, this huge wall of rock opened up on the right side of the mountain. This was a
pretty unique piece of limestone, and it should definitely house some climbing here.


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Levi and the first good luck at the peak of Little Sister (middle of the frame), along with Middle Sister (right side).


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Cool view of the top of Little Sister.


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And with me in the frame.


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This is the start of the technical climbing section.


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This is where we came from on this morning. I'm helpfully pointing out the ridge.


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The loveable Levi Goertz, ready for pretty much anything the world throws at him.


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Levi leading the first pitch. The whole route goes at ~5.5-5.6 with only a few real climbing moves on the
first pitches to get up and over some sections in the chimney. Unlike the rest of the scrambling route
there wasn't that much loose rock on the climbing sections.


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Levi fitting a piece into the rock.


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Levi is cool as a cucumber and loving life on this day. This is at the top of the 3rd pitch.


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Looking back down the first sections of climbing.


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After climbing for a bit, we had a ledge to walk across to set up for the next short climbing section.


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In spite of pretty poor visibility from wildfire smoke, the day was still really neat to look around
this route and this area.


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Coming up to the third rap station.


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After a short pitch, we gained a big open ledge and area with this huge hunk of vertical rock above us.
The route heads to the far right side just above a waterfall, but the rock to the left of this photo
seemed pretty imposing to me.


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I called this Vijayjay rock as it definitely looked female.


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Getting to the top of the climbing section.


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At the top of the real climbing, and before starting the harder sections of scree, Levi poses for
a sweet photo. He led the whole route as I'm out of practice. The last pitch we did as a double
pitch, which was doable on a 70m rope. This section was the nicest face climbing for sure.


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The guide book says 'scramble to the peak across very loose gullies and ridges'. The 'very loose' piece
was the most true bit of this route as I kicked down no less than 3 massive boulders that would have killed
Levi. If I never do this section of scrambling again, it'll be too soon.


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Levi on one of the ridge sections.


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I was pretty happy I had one boot resoled at this point. The other boot went in to see Tony when I got home.


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Levi on top of Little Sister, July 2021.


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Getting to the summit.


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View in the clouds and smoke.

The view looking around Little Sister from a smoky summit


Levi's view from the top of Little Sister



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We'd say the downclimbing was definitely challenging and it had at least 4 solid cruxes. Here's Levi coming
down from the summit block.


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Some bum scootching was required for sure.


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Don't slip.


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This giant hunk of rock, about the size of a large commercial truck, is just waiting for the right time to
fall off the mountain. With the amount of freeze/thaw this year and the hot weather, I didn't feel great
sitting underneath it for long.


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Levi on the third-last rappel off the climb.


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A warm day meant we both almost ran out of water and food, but it felt pretty good to be able to drop the helmet
and go back to a hat for the last bit of hiking home.


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After a hot exit down the mountain, Levi was stoked to get to the creek and fill his hat with water.
Thank you to Levi for making this route possible. We'll do another cool one next season I hope!

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