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  • My three best friends and I had adventured to the cascades searching for great lines to climb. We were mostly interested in searching for the classic boulders and taking advantage of the amazing pacific northwest summer weather. Devlin (pictured in this photo) had heard of a climb, Hagakure, through friends and a couple of videos on Vimeo, yet it was not in any of our guidebooks and remained hidden from us. Up until our third day camping and subsequently our last, we made the trip to the River Boulders, where we all had projects we wanted to work on. There we ran into a climber, he was tall and lanky but was working one of the hardest problems in all of index. He was a local to the area, and he told us that this illusive climb was actually right in the area, only about a five minute walk from where we were standing. As we headed out, we stumbled through the forest, the light was perfectly filtered through the temperate rainforest canopy. This is what we saw.
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