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Mean Green 

WI5

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900', Grade IV
Consensus: WI5 [details]
FA: Doug Birkholts and Todd Cozzens
Season: November thru February
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Submitted By: Alan Searcy on Jan 26, 2006

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Mike on the 3rd pitch of Mean Green.

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As you're driving in, this is one of two obviously great lines across the Shoshone River. Mean Green's first pitch is the long, thin line 1/2 mile left of the wider High on Boulder/Moonrise flow. Up high on the right side of the drainage above pitch one and all the rock bands, you will see an incredibly wide flow of leprechaun-green WI 3.

Park at the end of the road, take the trail around the fenced in ranch, cross the river and hit the riverbank trail. Take the trail down to the Mean Green drainage and hike uphill. The approach looks short and sweet........

Pitch 1: 65 meters of WI 4.
Pitch 2: 40 meters of WI 4-.
Pitch 3: 30 meters of WI 3+.
Pitch 4: 35 meters of WI 5.
Pitches 5,6,7 are roughly 140 meters of WI 3.

Rap the route on V-threads and the occasional bolt and bring a headlamp.

Protection 

Ice screws; shit-can your rock gear for this one.


Photos of Mean Green Slideshow Add Photo
Upper pitches of Mean Green
BETA PHOTO: Upper pitches of Mean Green
Crux 4th pitch, second weekend in December
BETA PHOTO: Crux 4th pitch, second weekend in December
Chris Gibbs on the Crux Pitch.
Chris Gibbs on the Crux Pitch.
Adam Sinner on the 3rd pitch in fat conditions on ...
Adam Sinner on the 3rd pitch in fat conditions on ...
Does this look like WI4??? Second weekend in Decem...
BETA PHOTO: Does this look like WI4??? Second weekend in Decem...
Photo by Brandon Miller
Photo by Brandon Miller
Diamond Dave on the 4th pitch of Mean Green.
Diamond Dave on the 4th pitch of Mean Green.
Adam Sinner rapping off P4 in the early evening, 1...
Adam Sinner rapping off P4 in the early evening, 1...
Kevin leading the 1st pitch of Mean Green.
Kevin leading the 1st pitch of Mean Green.
Adam Sinner on 4th pitch, 1/17/10.
Adam Sinner on 4th pitch, 1/17/10.
Looking down the the last pitch on Mean Green.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down the the last pitch on Mean Green.
Mike Carr starting up December 2010 both leashless...
Mike Carr starting up December 2010 both leashless...
First pitch of Mean Green, a CLASSIC not to be mis...
First pitch of Mean Green, a CLASSIC not to be mis...
Adam Sinner above the cauliflowers and about to ge...
Adam Sinner above the cauliflowers and about to ge...
1st pitch of mean Green photo by Brandon Miller
1st pitch of mean Green photo by Brandon Miller
Adam Sinner mid-crux with three screws clustered a...
Adam Sinner mid-crux with three screws clustered a...
Topping out on the 2nd pitch of Mean Green Photo b...
Topping out on the 2nd pitch of Mean Green Photo b...
From the end of the road.  Mean Green on left. Hig...
BETA PHOTO: From the end of the road. Mean Green on left. Hig...
Kevin following the 2nd pitch of Mean Green
Kevin following the 2nd pitch of Mean Green
4th or 5th pitch on Mean Green
BETA PHOTO: 4th or 5th pitch on Mean Green

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By Mike Willig
Aug 14, 2006

Get to this climb early in the AM and don't forget the headlamp....It would take the better part of a day to get back to the huge flows (way back) that you see from the road. After the first 2 pitches, you are in the middle of nowhere (or so it seems) and you realize that Cody is heaven.
By Todd Cozzens
From: Cody, WY
Aug 23, 2006

F.A. by Doug Birkholts and Todd Cozzens
By Dustin Clelen
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 21, 2010

Beta correction: The first pitch is not more than 60m - we did it on 1/19/10 with a 60m rope no problem.