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Elliot Dubriel belaying 2nd pitch, first ascent
In Memoriam climbs a prominent line up the center of Shoshone's Upper Buttress. Going years without seeing many climbers, a recent increase in ascents has cleaned this quality route up and further ascents will help make this route classic.
Enjoy climbing the awesome handcrack on the second pitch's "Red Sickle" and also the clean slab climbing on the first pitch.
Route begins at the center of the large ledge where Poison Flower, Hop on Pop, Renaissance Man, and the Standard Route begin. Look for thin flakes leading up to two good bolts.
Pitch One: Climb past bolts to a tricky move left into a crack. Follow this crack past a bulge with a fixed pin, and finally step right to a bomber bolted belay. 170 ft.
Pitch Two: Step left into crack from belay and climb up red sickle. Traverse right under roofs until cracks lead up and left around roof. Follow discontinuous cracks to top and tree belay. 170 ft.
Doubles from small to #1 Camalot. Throw in a single #2 and #3 Camalot along with a good set of nuts(brass offsets work well).
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at In Memoriam from the Blodgett Creek ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at In Memoriam from the route's start.
Steve Eddy first assent, beginning of first pitch
In Memoriam, Steve Eddy - first assent,firts pitch...
First assect second pitch
|By Josh Kornish|
Jul 7, 2012
first bolt is about 25, 30 feet high with really shitty gear behind thin flakes. Really sandy rock makes smearing feel pretty insecure on runouts.
Flake above 2nd bolt on first pitch is not long to this world.
|By Steve Eddy|
Jul 11, 2012
This route was named after my dad died in LA. I did not know about it in time to go. I spent the summver wtih Elliot in Montana. There were no bolts on the route on the first ascent, it was done clean. I lead both pitches and it was a gas. Beautiful climb, beautifu approach. We found a caren on the top, the face had been climbed once before (as far as we could tell) on the left side of the face. We had climbed that the day before.
|By Steve Eddy|
Dec 28, 2012
I noticed in the Falcon Guidebook, ‘Rock Climbing Montana’, that In Memorium is rated 5.10d/R and that a double rack of cams and a “regular rack” is recommended. Mountain Project’s recommends a smaller rack which seems more reasonable. This was the first 5.10 lead I did, I was in great shape, but I do not think it is a 5.10 d, probably an a or b. Also we did not have cams back then, and although the first pitch may have been a bit run out, I did not feel at the time that it deserved an R rating.
We placed no bolts or pins, used strictly nuts, and no chalk. Comments on Mountain Project talk of a bolt on the first pitch. I would love to talk with or email anyone who has done the route recently what kind of shape it is in and how many bolts are on it. When we climbed it we thought the route belonged to the first ascent team, and any alteration was heresy. Now most of my generation is more generous and feels that a climb belongs to those climbing it.
Steve Eddy – first ascent