||Ice, Alpine, 6 pitches, 650', Grade IV
|Consensus: ||WI5 [details]|
|FA: ||Jim Montgomery, Todd Cozzens, & Judd Stewart. 1992.|
|Page Views: ||576|
|Submitted By: ||Julian Smith on Feb 16, 2009|
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Classroom Bully is an extension of The Schoolhouse Route. It is an excellent route that continues up the left-hand fork of the Schoolhouse drainage after the third pitch of the Schoolhouse Route. When combined with the first 3 pitches of The Schoolhouse Route, the overall length is upwards of 9 pitches; so expect a long day out. The Classroom Bully can be seen from the South Fork road at a vantage point located about ½ mile before you reach the Ishawooa Mesa Trail parking lot.
From the top of the third pitch of The Schoolhouse Route, continue up the left-hand fork of the drainage for a few hundred feet until you reach one of the best pitches on the route; the Dunces Corner. Unfortunately, this pitch does not consistently form, and can be very thin, though it looks like it could be done as a mixed pitch possibly using some rock gear for protection. However, do not despair if the Dunces Corner is not formed enough for you to climb it, as it can easily be bypassed by walking around climbers left, then uphill for a short ways, and a traverse back right into the drainage. From here, continue up 3 short pitches of WI 3 to reach the upper amphitheater. The last 3 remaining steps can be climbed in 2 pitches; starting with a short, but steep pillar, which gives access to 2 more steps of slightly easier terrain. Rappel from trees to get back down the route.
2 ropes and a rack of screws are probably all that are needed for the climb; you might want to bring some webbing for the rappels. Some rock climbing gear might be optional for the Dunces Corner pitch.