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The Professor Falls 


Type:  Ice, 6 pitches, 900', Grade III
Consensus: WI4 [details]
FA: Prof. Eckhard Grassman
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Submitted By: Colin Simon on Mar 30, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: Last pitch of The Professor Falls, December 22, 20...


This is a drainage-style waterfall climb similar to those found in the South Fork by Cody, Wyoming. It is remarkably consistent in its moderate grade.

1. WI3/4, 40m. A short 85 degree step followed by a less steep bulge to bolted anchors.

2. WI3/4, 55m. A short 85 degree step. Keep walking and climb the next WI3 step to more bolts.

3. WI3/4. Climb a short step (this should be old news by now). Supposedly there are bolts, but we couldn't find them under the snow and ice.

4. WI3. A short step.

5. WI3. A couple of moderate steps lead to a tree anchor on the side, or screws/threads in the middle of the flow. It is possible to link 4 and 5 with 60m ropes.

6. WI4, 30m. Bigger and more sustained than the previous pitches, this is the money. The left side involves 20m of 80-85 degree ice, while the right side is steep enough that a ballsy leader could easily pick a fat WI5 section.

Rappelling the route with one rope would be annoying, but possible. Two ropes would be preferable.


V-threads for rappelling.

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Will Buckner in front of the final pitch of The Pr...
Will Buckner in front of the final pitch of The Pr...
get'en ready for some higher learnin'!
BETA PHOTO: get'en ready for some higher learnin'!
Pitch 1, late season
Pitch 1, late season

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By Janette
Apr 19, 2014

The way the bolts are set up now it's actually 8 pitches. See the Ice Lines guidebook for details.
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Jan 19, 2015

This can be done in 4 pitches with some walking/simul-climbing on the section below the final pitch. ^8 pitches, seriously? It'd be really unnecessary to break it up that much.
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