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Chouinards Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This little crag probably has the most reliable water ice in the state, and it's got the crowds to prove it. When the ice is fat and everyone is polite as many as 8 ropes could be set up. 6 sets of bolted anchors exist at the top of the cliff, some of which get covered in ice some years. Accessing any of these anchors from the top involves exposed icy terrain. All of them can be rapped to, though you might have to rig your own anchor to do so.

All anchors above the main ice flow (left of the Tree Route) are over 30m up. That is to say, they require at least 70m of rope if you want to top rope. In low snow years plan on extending your anchor or having more rope.

Getting There 

Approach from The Poole Power Plant. After passing through the narrows continue up hill. Now that the Bard-Harrington Wall doesn't come in consistently this is probably the second big flow on the left.

If you climb to the top, walk off right.

Climbing Season

For the Lee Vining Ice area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Chouinards

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chouinards:
Tree Route   WI3 M3     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
Chouinards' Right   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
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By rhyang
From: San Jose, CA
Jan 12, 2011
The Bard-Harrington Wall started coming in late last season (Feb. 2010) and has been climbed recently (January 2011).

Whether this is because of any alleged leaks in the penstock or because of a higher amount of precip is a matter of conjecture & rumor.

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