Trip Report    

Yellowjacket Tower/East Flank

Approach was looser than expected. Fun, casual route. Bring a purple tri-cam.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Approach hike was steep and loose sand in places. Scrambling around the large chockstone in the gully felt slightly spicy. The approach above the chockstone was very loose rock, sand, and wood debris. Care definitely had to be taken on where to step.

After getting rained out at half moon crags after bailing on attempting ragged edge, we shot for leavenworth for some dry times and good granite with our sites on something alpiney. We left the car around 12 and stashed some beers in the river below the bridge crossing. Steep and sandy approach was a bit more effort than anticipated and higher up had to be more careful on foot placements. We skirted around the chockstone on what felt to me like slightly spicer scrambling with the ample sand to continue to the base of the route on very loose sand, rock, and wood. 

For the first scramble we solo'd to the anchors at the beginning.  Easy climbing with some spaced gear led to the top of P1. Kurt let the pitch to the summit, nice little step up (protectable with a purple tri-cam). On the second rap down, the rope wrapped around the upside down hanging tree and we redid the pitch.

Followed a bunch of tree raps down to avoid loose stuff, which was appreciated. Then thigh burner hike down to the river for cool beers by 5:30.

Brought a single rack of 0.4-3 and a set of nuts.