This route follow the iced up, right-facing ramps/corners in the center of the wall, trending left for a mixed finish. Start at the small ice flow just down and left from the litter at The Chouinard Wall and finish just right of Cave Man on The Main Wall.
P1: Climb the initial ice flow, then move left and up across broken ground to the iced up, right-facing ramps/corners. Follow these to the big snowy ledge 2/3 of the way up. Build an anchor here. There are several old rap stations.
P2: Move left and climb up to the small detached ice pillar under the prominent "diving board" rock feature. Climb up the pillar and onto a ledge. From here you have two options. The easier one is to move left across a ledge and dry tool up to and over a roof at the end of the ledge, passing a fixed pin. A short section of mixed climbing takes you to the top from here. For a more impressive finish move right and climb up onto the diving board. There is an alternate belay on the ledge above the ice pillar that some use for this finish.
Screws (including a few stubbies) and rock gear to a #2 C4.
BETA PHOTO: Heel Toe, Ramp Start.
|By Brian Treanor|
Feb 10, 2013
I've always been confused by this description (here, and by others in person). My take has been that the actual "Heel Toe" finishes up to the right, by throwing a heel hook and then manteling onto the "diving board" feature. In my opinion, this is the defining move of the Heel Toe route; it's full value to do that move with boots, crampons, and tools, especially when you find the top of the top of the "diving board" covered in snow (either ice or dry rock being preferable).
The left finish is fun as well, but it's much easier and, just in my opinion, an alternative, variation to the proper route.
Of course, any number of folks may chime in at this point and tell me that the original line goes left or something similar; but, whatever the point, you should really do the right finish, which is harder, more dramatic, and just a better finish to one of the best mixed lines in LVC.