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Hotlum-Bolam Ridge 


Type:  Ice, Alpine, 6000', Grade IV
Consensus: AI1-2 [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 7, 2011

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Mt. Shasta from the north. photo: Mconnell


From Northgate Park follow the trail south to the base of the ridge. Continue up the ridge, easier in early season, to the top of the ridge at 12,000ft. Follow the path of least resistance, typically to the climber's right (west) to the plateau and work back left (east) to the summit. Take note of the large crevasse that forms on the Hotlum Glacier. Work well to the west of it on the descent.


North face of Mt. Shasta from Northgate Park Trailhead.


Solo. Some parties may utilize a rope in early season.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mt.Shasta from the north. Photo: Sam Mills, 2003
BETA PHOTO: Mt.Shasta from the north. Photo: Sam Mills, 2003
Rock Climbing Photo: Hotlum/Bolam ridge April 14th 2014 taken from &quo...
BETA PHOTO: Hotlum/Bolam ridge April 14th 2014 taken from &quo...

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By Andy Paul
Mar 1, 2013

I'm wondering why it says consensus is WI5+ for this route?? It looks like it should be WI 2-3. I haven't done it, but it seems a bit counter intuitive to say WI 5+ and then suggest "no protection, solo" for protection. A little confused, Andy
By Xam
From: Boulder, Co
May 9, 2013

I think it is problem with the looks like it goes in order of increasing difficulty (by the website, obviously not correct) WI1, WI2, ... , WI5, AI1, AI2, ... , AI5. So the average ('consensus') of some WI1-2 and some AI1-2 is WI5+. Obviously a goof but should be simple to correct.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 20, 2013

AJ & Xam....I'm with you on this. It should be AI 1/2, but shows a consensus WI5+. Must be the algorithm.

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