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Blood line 

WI3

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch
Consensus: WI3 [details]
FA: Ron Reynolds and Mark King 1977
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Feb 29, 2008
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Heading up Bloodline. Prior to contributing my ow...

Description 

The line of weakness up the middle of cliff to the top... Really fun and typically fat...

Climb up on to the slab and head for the corner of ice above... The difficulty of the crux steep section is very dependent on conditions... sometimes it feels 3+ sometimes a soft 3 but always cool... After the business of the corner the angle eases up and you can cruse moderate slabs and bulges to the trees and belay from a tree with fixed rap rings...

There is a fun variation where you break left before the steep section and climb a narrow section of ice to a ledge with a small tree on it and finish above the red headwall over some bulges and slabs...


Location 

The main line up the middle of the cliff... Starting on a slab and heading up a steep corner...

Rap the route...


Protection 

Good solid screws all the way...



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crux of Bloodline, 5 foot curtain which can be skirted to the right. This is in late march beat out conditions
crux of Bloodline, 5 foot curtain which can be ski...
Blood line in late December. Vintage 1985, photograph.
Blood line in late December. Vintage 1985, photogr...
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By Goodhue
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 19, 2009
rating: WI3

In a moment of beautiful coincidence, an icicle, that I hit with my helmet, dropped and cut across the bridge of my nose. Contributing my own blood to this line.

By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Jan 19, 2009

ha thats awesome :)

By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Mar 20, 2009

to my excitement i found that it is possible to rap from just left of bloodline with one 70M rope. when right before the final bulge lok left to a tree with rap slings on it. traverse left and you'll find up that this rap sling is backed up three times!! anyways with a 70M rope you can JUST barely touch ground, be sure to knot the ends and have the rope lined up on the middle

By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Feb 11, 2012

My first lead on ice!! I wish I knew about that repel, though, because I had a 70m that day, and still chose to walk all the way around to get down!!

By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Jan 11, 2013

I just never get enough of this climb. There are many variations that feel completely different and probably span a full grad from 3- to 4- or even 4. I think one could climb it three times in a row findings different lines each time. This is all dependent on how "in" it is, of course.

By adam cellemme
From: watertown, ma
Jan 26, 2013

Holy mackerel Goodhue! 2/3 of the way up this route today (which felt like tough 3 to me with fairly brittle ice the entire way) I tasted something sweet in my mouth. I chose to spit just ever-so-daintily and splattered the ice with blood. My partner, Ian, called me out on this at the belay: "Dude . . . did you leave blood on that route?"

I recall dislodging some mini-blocks toward my general face area . . . can never swing gently enough. Such a great climb!

By Ted Sumers
Jun 3, 2013

climbed this on a super plastic day with hero ice, definitely felt like easy WI3. incredibly fun nonetheless-- one of my favorite pitches all season.