I am beginning my final week of summer with a short trip to the Cascades. We are hoping to climb every day (the weather looks great) and to try out the classics. As of today we climbed The Hitchhiker. This is a super great warm up route to get the feel of the wall. It’s short, well protected, easy to follow and stacked with spectacular pitch after spectacular pitch. We rapped the line and were back to the car for dinner and a soak in the river down in Winthrop, which is about 30 minutes from the pass. Tomorrow we jump on The Passenger. We left our gear stashed up at the base to make the uphill approach not feel so bad since my partner and I are feeling the approach and decent in our knees.