Finally, a break in the rainy weather and sunshine(for those interested: we are very close to breaking the record the most rainfall in March ever according to Seatac stats). Eric and I decided to check out the climbing at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA.

Finding the climbing wall is pretty straightforward. After exiting 520 enter Marymoor Park and follow the main road through the park. You will see the climbing Pillars on your left after a few minutes. Currently, it is right next Cavalia’s large white tent, but that will probably get taken down in the next few weeks as the show is ending. We parked a little up the road and paid the $1 fee (be sure to have cash).

The climbing wall is made of textures cement and bricks with climbing holds. I haven’t seen any else quite like it before. The routes are all bolted and require someone to lead up the route with a personal rope and quickdraws. There are anchors at the top of the routes for rappels. The website Free Marymoor has beta, photos and descriptions of the climbing routes and bouldering problems. Eric and I began climbing on the East Face “East Side Route”/5.7. Eric led the pitch and I followed. We both agreed the the ratings at Marymoor are stiff (that is: the 5.7 felt more like a 5.9). We disagreed on the quality of the climbing wall. I was not a fan of climbing on textured cement and felt that if did little to imitate outdoor rock other than the fact that it was outdoors. Eric pretty much felt the exact opposite. You’ll have to visit and draw your own conclusions.

We spent the next few hours climbing Buttress SW “Rainier Arete”/5.10b, North Face “Vertigo” /5.10a and Buttress SW  “Bicycle Warm-up”/5.7. It was quite in the morning, but we began to have company around 1pm and the crowd grew as

the the afternoon wore on. So if you prefer solitude, come early (or probably midweek).

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