Icicle Canyon + first camping trip of 2013 (pics)
I left for Leavenworth on Saturday morning, drove out to Barney's Rubble on Icicle Creek, and spent the day rappelling, belaying, and climbing. Camped under the stars at the crag. The next morning, I got up (later than I planned), did a scenic ride across town on a back road and then up the canyon to the Johnny Creek campgrounds, where the road is closed, then turned back for the car. Finally I did a few more rappels, and went home.
Slightly off topic, but this was the first time I built my own rap station, without supervision, and then rappelled from anchors I built. It was a bit scary, but it was also tremendous fun.
The road is pretty much clear of snow until it's closed, it hit 86 F yesterday, and the mountains are still snow-capped (but it's melting quickly), so it was a gorgeous ride. I was surprised at how many wildflowers are blooming right now, some of the avalanche lilies are even playing out!