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A classic climb in the best alpine rock area in the state, Liberty Bell involves 4 pitches of up up to 5.6 climbing on solid granite. Mssr. Beckey and pals climbed this first in the 1940s. Early season can have snow in the approach gully - might want to bring an ice axe. This route is a L O N G way from Portland, and it's kinda silly to drive all that way to climb 4 pitches of rock. Make a weekend of it and combine this several other classics in the area (N and S Early Winter Spire, for example). Did I mention the short approach hike?
This extended four-day Labor Day weekend trip is designed to maximize your North Cascades alpine rock climbing to drive time ratio. The classic Becky Route ascends Liberty Bell, part of a group of granodiorite towers including, Concord, Lexington, North and South Early Winter Spires. The area combines ease of approach, a long season and variety of interesting climbing on solid North Cascades rock.
|Driving Distance from Portland||340 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||6 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Relevant Books||Selected Climbs in the Cascades Vol. 1 by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Rainy Pass to Fraser River by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||(Maps not really needed - climb is very close to highway) USGS 7 minute series, Washington Pass, USGS North Cascades National Park, Green Trails Washington Pass <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Liberty+Bell+mountain+WA&sll=48.515524,-120.653272&sspn=0.016687,0.04549&ie=UTF8&ll=48.51541,-120.657864&spn=0.016687,0.04549&t=p&z=15&iwloc=addr"" title="Google map">Google map</href="http:>|