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High on Boulder 

WI4

   
Type:  Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, Grade II
Consensus: WI4 [details]
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Submitted By: Caelan on Jan 16, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: 4-Feb-07 : High On Boulder as viewed from the appr...

Description 

3 pitches. WI3+, WI4 (sustained: ramp then vertical ~100 ft.), WI3+. There on 2 bolts on the left side of P2 base. There are bolts on the right side of P3 base. There is a tree at the top of P3. Each pitch is a full rope length. If you feel burly, you can do the "Moonrise" WI5 curtain instead of the "High on Boulder" crux pitch.

Location 

Go to the end of the Road. Look left. Locate "Mean Green". Now look right of "Mean Green" and "High on Boulder" will be the next flow to the right. You will see the wide crux pitch. The approach takes ~1 hour. Head straight for the ice, then get into the drainage/gully as soon as you can. Continue up the gully to the base. Go do it.

Protection 

Bring enough screws for 100 ft. of continuous ice.


Photos of High on Boulder Slideshow Add Photo
Colin Simon high and high on the high last pitch of High on Boulder
Colin Simon high and high on the high last pitch o...
4-Feb-07: High On Boulder as viewed from the base.  The first pitch is a two-tiered WI3 (foreground), and the second a WI4 headwall (background). <br /> <br />Rap chains can be found on the left at the base of the headwall (may have to dig out of the snow), and on the right somewhat above the headwall.  Above the third pitch there is a tree on the right with rap slings.
BETA PHOTO: 4-Feb-07: High On Boulder as viewed from the base....
Aaron Shil leading pitch 3 of High on Boulder in the frigid cold on 1/15/07.
Aaron Shil leading pitch 3 of High on Boulder in t...
Adam Sinner levitating above the upper pitches of HOB.  1/16/10
Adam Sinner levitating above the upper pitches of ...
High on Boulder, Photo by Adam Clark
High on Boulder, Photo by Adam Clark
Famous crossing of Shoshone - High on Boulder behind me. January 2014.
BETA PHOTO: Famous crossing of Shoshone - High on Boulder behi...
Rapping down the High on Boulder drainage, after climbing the Pillar of Pain.
BETA PHOTO: Rapping down the High on Boulder drainage, after c...
Adam Sinner on P2.  1/16/10
Adam Sinner on P2. 1/16/10
fat ice on 1/19/09
fat ice on 1/19/09
Pitch one bolts marked. <br /> <br />I took the photo the same day Mike Carr and I found them, 2009-12-28.
BETA PHOTO: Pitch one bolts marked. I took the photo the same...
High on Boulder and Moonrise (right) in FAT conditions -- what a climb!
BETA PHOTO: High on Boulder and Moonrise (right) in FAT condit...
The second pitch of 'High on Boulder,' February 2014
The second pitch of 'High on Boulder,' February 20...
View of High on Boulder and Moonrise from the middle of the frozen South Fork of the Shoshone.  Photo by Adam Sinner.  1/16/10
BETA PHOTO: View of High on Boulder and Moonrise from the midd...
Myself on the crux P2 - January 2014.
BETA PHOTO: Myself on the crux P2 - January 2014.

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By Caelan
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Jul 8, 2007

I remember the bolts above P1 being under a sheet of ice when we found them. It took us awhile to dig them out, and if I recall, they were in good shape. Perhaps you did not find them because they were buried under the ice? Sorry. I should have warned you about that. So, if anyone else has trouble finding bolts, take your adze and hack away some of that stuff near the base and maybe you'll find them with any luck. Cheers!
By Blagoves
From: Portland, OR
Apr 16, 2014
rating: WI4

No bolts found for the belay for P2.