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Screw and Climaxe 


Type:  Ice, 350'
Consensus: WI3-4 [details]
FA: Al Long, Al Rubin, and Dave Hoffman 2/75
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Submitted By: Kevin Zagorda on Aug 25, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Pitch one of Screw and Climaxe from the base


Another long moderate route. The first pitch is a low angled calf burner to a belay in the trees on the right. Move left from the belay to reach a headwall that leads to the trees.


Walk past Weeping Winds to the next large line of ice.


Double ropes recommended for the rap.

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By Eriks Rozners
From: Binghamton, NY
Feb 10, 2012
rating: WI3-4

The route is hard for the grade in current conditions (climbed 2/4/12). The first pitch is thin and has almost no rest stops for giving break to calves - horrible calve burner. The second pitch is fat, but the exit is very funky. Steep pillars on both sides, but to reach the rap anchors you have to scramble over verglas, frozen turf and do some tree hugging. Scary exit on lead.
By Simon Thompson
From: New Paltz, NY
Feb 18, 2013
rating: WI4- PG13

There are many different lines possible here... maybe up to 6 or so if the ice is fat enough. On some of the variations rock pro may be helpful. Typically thin down low and better toward the top. Some of the finishes are good grade 4 and some are more 3+ish. Plan your route from the bottom so you don't get stranded without a belay. If you climb the right side you can make it to a birch belay with a 60m rope.
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