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Reflections 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 160', Grade II
Consensus: WI2 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: All Winter
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Submitted By: Neil Kauffman on Dec 24, 2003

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Dave seconding the first pitch above the WI4 curta...

Description 

The Reflections climbs spill over the left ridge on final approach to Black Lake. Although the main flow is an easy slab climb to the left, more interesting variations form to the right. The 30 foot wide, near vertical curtain provides a worthwhile start. All three variations end together. Anchor possibilities include slinging boulder that is frozen into place and sinking vertical screws behind it.

Direct decent: downclimb right on ledges to reach tree rappel. 60 meter rope.


Protection 

Ice screws up to 22cm on lower curtain and a few nubs to protect the thin upper section. Bring cord and extra screws (short) for top anchor.


Toprope Protection 

May be toproped with two 50+ meter ropes.



Photos of Reflections Slideshow Add Photo
Start of pitch 2.
Start of pitch 2.
The route as of 12/18/04.
The route as of 12/18/04.
Reflections from the approach to Black Lake.  Long's Peak's [W] face is hidden just over the ridge.
Reflections from the approach to Black Lake. Long...
Steep WI4 curtain start to Reflections.
BETA PHOTO: Steep WI4 curtain start to Reflections.
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By Brent Roaten
From: Anchorage, AK
Jan 3, 2005

Climbed Reflections on 12/18/04 and found great conditions in the area. The curtain start looked much more interesting than the standard flow on the left though from Neil's picture, it seems thinner than last year. The final approach from the Black Lake trail involved deep snow and talus but was worth it.

By Jim Davidson
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Nov 25, 2009

Climbed Reflections 11/24/09 - ice is good. Snow on approach is not good. On the main trail I busted through into a small creek even WITH snowshoes on. Wallowed in powder & depth hoar on final approach. West Gully looked good. Could not see Jewell Lake or Black Lake Slabs.