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BETA PHOTO: The start of Snowpatch
There is a granite spire in the Bugaboos named Snowpatch Spire
that has a permanent snowfield on it. The Snowpatch rock route passes just left of the snow. According to Swain, this was the inspiration for this climbs name, which has a bit of white rock that looks like snow. We didn't notice it, maybe you will. Based on the water marks on the wall, it looks like it can be wet after rain. Having now climbed both routes, I will say the one in the Bugaboos is more memorable.
P1: Climb the corner and traverse right near a small mountain laurel below the pine tree with rappel tat and the ledge with a large block. It's your choice whether to go around right (easier, watch the rope drag) or through (harder, less drag). Continue up above the ledge past the second pine tree/rap station to a gear or tree belay at the GT ledge (140 ft.). 5.5
P2: Not really a pitch, more of a bushwhack. Scramble up over a curved pine tree then head 40 ft. left around some bushes to reposition the belay below a left-facing corner at the left end of a dark roof (40 ft.). 5.1
P3: Climb the corner, then up the face to a large overhang. Bypass the overhang to the left (very spicy crux) and head to the top (80 ft.). 5.5 PG
Standard Gunks rack. You don't need big gear for P1. There are small cracks.
By Eric Lutz
Oct 28, 2015
The crux move on Pitch three definitely had me going "5.5?"!I didn't see great pro before making the step out
Oct 29, 2015
Agreed, Eric. That move is closer to 5.7 PG. P3 of Red's Ruin is an easier alternative.