La Gota Fría
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BETA PHOTO: A topo prepared by Jeremy Frimer, of Squamish BC.
La Gota Fría is a long mostly free route on the Deputy Wall, on the Squamish Chief. The route features mostly gear climbing, with a few bolts on some pitches, two bolt ladders (or free at 12+) and entirely bolted belays (except one which is a tree). Pro is plentiful and bomber.
The route has excellent pro, a wide variety of climbing (from finger-to-hand cracks, a short wide crack, a slab traverse, etc), some wild positions and a cool finish.
It is possible to rappel the route from P12 down. From the top of P2, one can rap 30m to a station, and from there 25m to the ground.
P1: Climb a v-slot or arete to right of V slot. Then either straight up (10d bolts and gear) or up and slightly right (11b gear) to a bolt and right to belay.
P2: Up and right to a flake-crack, up and right, then down and right past bolts. 5.9
P3: MONEY! Awesome 30m of fingers to hands. 5.11b bomber gear
P4: MONEY! Hands to fists. 5.10c bomber gear.
P5: Up the dihedral (5.12d or 5.9 A0) past bolts.
P6: Traverse 30 right past bolts on the wildly exposed Green Line ledge 5.5
P7: MONEY! Up and left through the leaning corner. Often wet 5.12
P6 and P7 bypass: traverse halfway along the Green Line Ledge (5.5) then up the bolt ladder to the top of P7
P8: Do an awkward set of moves past a few bolts, a tree and some gear placements, mantle, then up and left past bolts (5.10d). OR head left after tree and follow a finger crack and other moves up to station (5.11a)
P9: Up the nice corner 5.9
P10: Scramble up and right past bolts and brush 5.5
P11: MONEY! Up the widening corner past a few bolts. An 11+ variation heads right about 10m up 5.10d
P12: Go to blocks on right side of ledge, then up past bolts and gear. 5.10a
P13: Straight up to under roof, then left past bolts to a short crack. Belay on tree. 5.10b
Walk left about 30 m on forested ledge.
P14: Follow a blocky right-trending crack to harder moves off bolts past a short roof. 5.10d
P15: MONEY! Up the yellwo flake, then undercling in a cool position into the base of the massive V-slot 5.8
P16: MONEY MONEY! Up the 5.3 offwidth for 10m past one bolt, then stem and jam the awesome steepening V-slot hand and fist crack to a ledge. Move up and slightly left past ledge to station. 5.10c or feels harder if you didn't bring enough water
P17: Step to right side of ledge, and wander up for two pitches on either slabs with occasional bolts, trees and gear, OR head up and slightly left through a gnarly ugly 4th class bypass to top of 2nd summit. The route tops out on fairly close to Ultimate Everything.
The route begins at a clean obvious v-groove which (as of summer 2010) has a fixed blue line hanging off it. Follow the directions for accessing the Deputy Wall.
60 m rope
2x Camalots from .3 to #3
1x #4 and #5 Camalot
1-2x blue alien/tcu or equivalent
extra draws and slings for ladders
med + small nuts
By angel oproescu
Nov 14, 2010
Did this last summer (but didn't free whole thing). Pretty good. There are a couple crap pitches but those are fast and easy. Pitch 3 is awesome. The big V at the end is really good. It will be great once more traffic gets on it.
The pitch above the big left forest traverse might be harder than 10d.