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The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch) 

WI3+

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Original: WI3+ [details]
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Submitted By: James M Schroeder on Dec 9, 2006

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Picture taken from behind the Dryer Hose.

Description 

This is a super classic pillar of ice located between "The Curtains" and "The Ampitheater". If you want classic ice climbing in Munising, but aren't up for long approaches, this is the route for you.

The top access (up or down) for Dryer Hose is located around the corner to the west of the route.

If memory serves me the trail is by the third 35 MPH sign as one is walking West from the parking lot at the end of Sand Point Road by the beach...

Protection 

Screws or Toprope


Photos of The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Night climb
Night climb
Rock Climbing Photo: Dryer Hose can get busy...Dave climbing.
Dryer Hose can get busy...Dave climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Will mayo climbing the dryer hose at Michigan Ice ...
Will mayo climbing the dryer hose at Michigan Ice ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dryer Hose. If the middle is taken, the sides are ...
Dryer Hose. If the middle is taken, the sides are ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's my ascent of the Dryer Hose.  Second lead c...
Here's my ascent of the Dryer Hose. Second lead c...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill leading.  Sunday of Ice Fest 2/3/2008
Bill leading. Sunday of Ice Fest 2/3/2008
Rock Climbing Photo: Keisuke Following.  Sunday of Ice Fest 2/3/2008
Keisuke Following. Sunday of Ice Fest 2/3/2008
Rock Climbing Photo: Dryer Hose
Dryer Hose
Rock Climbing Photo: The Dryer Hose at Ice Fest 2008. On a top rope, wo...
The Dryer Hose at Ice Fest 2008. On a top rope, wo...
Rock Climbing Photo: TJ and I at The Dryer Hose!
TJ and I at The Dryer Hose!
Rock Climbing Photo: View of dryer hose from the south.
View of dryer hose from the south.
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's a look at what the overhang on the left sid...
Here's a look at what the overhang on the left sid...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dryer Hose in 2005.
Dryer Hose in 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo credit: Jack Frost
Photo credit: Jack Frost

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By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Dec 12, 2006

That's a lame description for a classic climb...
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Dec 12, 2006

Agreed, it's a work in progress. Thanks for calling me out in public though...
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Sep 13, 2007

This route is The Fang of the upper Midwest. A classic all the way. You can't call yourself a Midwestern ice climber (can you anyway?) without an ascent of this route.
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Feb 6, 2008

As for James and me...we go way back.
By James M Schroeder
Administrator
From: Sauk County, WI
Feb 6, 2008

Yes Jay and I do go way back and as such I forgive him for his comment...
By Troy Russell
From: Fenton, MI
Dec 30, 2011

Great climb.

Hike in isn't ridiculously long, nor is the access to top-rope. Just rather hilly.

Access point involves a little climb over and through the woods.
By Bogdan P
From: Chicago, Il
Jan 21, 2015

I know the guidebook (and this page) says otherwise, but based on my experience and how much rope we used to top rope this route is under 50'.
By jon jugenheimer
Administrator
From: Madison
36 mins ago

You are right, the Guidbook embellishes just a weeee bit on lengths and grades of some of the routes, something that will hopefully get cleaned up if there is ever a next edition. OR, maybe, it was a heavy snow year when you were there last ;)

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