Login with Facebook
Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Big Brother 
Chapel Pond Slabs 
Chouinard's Gully  
Crystal Ice Tower 
Dogleg Right T 
Emerald Slabs T 
Geek, The 
Haggis and Cold Toast 
Hot Shot 
Ice Slot 
Ice Storm 
Lames Ice Hose 
Lions on the Beach 
Material Girl 
Midnight Cruiser 
Parallel Gully 
Positive Reinforcement 
Post Purchase Dissonance T,TR 
Power Play 
Pussyfootin' With Lilith 
Quinn the Eskimo 
Rule of the Bone 
Seldom Scene 
Tahawas T 
Whales in the Jungle 
White Line Fever 
Mountain Project has launched a new site: Powder Project, and we're giving away loads of gear, including skis & Oakley goggles. Check it out!


WI4+ M4

Type:  Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 140'
Consensus: WI4+ M4 [details]
FA: 1999: Tom Yandon, Joe Szot
Page Views: 1,222
Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jan 2, 2013

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (2)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: The route Spike, taken December 29, 2012.


Varied climbing with a dramatic finish. A favorite of Joe Szot, and named after his dog.

P1 (M4): Go up the crack past the two trees. After the second tree, traverse right to a ledge (crux). If it's snowy and the holds are hidden, this can be desperate. Once on the ledge, continue right to belay in a tree clump well right of the next pitch.

P2 (WI4+): Traverse back left on the ledges, then straight up to the spike. Get in the hidden cave behind the spike for a welcome rest. Ride the spike to its top, then go up and left on a slab to the trees.

Descent: Double rope rappel back to your packs, then another rappel down the gully.

If conditions permit, the direct is a real prize.


This route is located on the wall right of the Power Play / Lilith area, just before the lake narrows towards the outlet. Walk up to the Laceration/Reunion amphitheater, then follow the wall up and left. Scramble/solo up a steep, iced-up streambed, then up the slope another 50' to a right-leaning crack with two trees (the first tree is 10' up, and the tree is 20' up).


Standard ice mixed rack to 3".

Photos of Spike Slideshow Add Photo
Climbers on P2 of Spike. In these conditions, ther...
Climbers on P2 of Spike. In these conditions, ther...

Comments on Spike Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!