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This little crag probably has the most reliable water ice in the state, and it's got the crowds to prove it. When the ice is fat and everyone is polite as many as 8 ropes could be set up. 6 sets of bolted anchors exist at the top of the cliff, some of which get covered in ice some years. Accessing any of these anchors from the top involves exposed icy terrain. All of them can be rapped to, though you might have to rig your own anchor to do so.

All anchors above the main ice flow (left of the Tree Route) are over 30m up. That is to say, they require at least 70m of rope if you want to top rope. In low snow years plan on extending your anchor or having more rope.

Getting There

Approach from The Poole Power Plant. After passing through the narrows continue up hill. Now that the Bard-Harrington Wall doesn't come in consistently this is probably the second big flow on the left.

If you climb to the top, walk off right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chouinards

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3
Chouinards' Right
Ice
WI3 M3
Tree Route
Trad, Mixed, Ice
WI4-
Comrad's Corner
Ice
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chouinards' Right WI3 Ice
Tree Route WI3 M3 Trad, Mixed, Ice
Comrad's Corner WI4- Ice
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rhyang
San Jose, CA
rhyang   San Jose, CA
The Bard-Harrington Wall started coming in late last season (Feb. 2010) and has been climbed recently (January 2011).

Whether this is because of any alleged leaks in the penstock or because of a higher amount of precip is a matter of conjecture & rumor. Jan 12, 2011

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