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California > Sierra Eastside > Lee Vining Cany… > Lee Vining Ice & Mixed

Description

Awesome ice routes here. This wall boasts classic lines up to three pitches. Most have bolted anchors but it is wise to bring a threader kit.

Getting There

Approach as for Chouinards. Second Wall of ice on your left, now the first since the Bard Harrington is non-existent.

Routes from Left to Right

WI3 M3
 2
The Fischer King
Mixed, Ice
WI3
 4
Spiral Staircase
Ice 2 pitches
WI3-4
 26
Main Line
Ice 2 pitches
WI4
 15
Center flow
Ice 2 pitches
WI5
 10
Cave Man
Ice 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Fischer King
 2
WI3 M3 Mixed, Ice
Spiral Staircase
 4
WI3 Ice 2 pitches
Main Line
 26
WI3-4 Ice 2 pitches
Center flow
 15
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Cave Man
 10
WI5 Ice 2 pitches

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Mar' Himmerich
Santa Fe, NM
[Hide Comment] We used to call this Papa Bear.

I got on to this in 1986 and went too far left and just shy of the big step 50 feet from the top of the cliff. It was too warm and I got caught in a slush cul-de-sac. I was wearing AT boots, Chouinard rigids and a pair of X-tools: one arced and one with the new (too short) reverse curve pick. I couldn't get anything to stick. I flamed out and when my right crampon sheared I took a graceful head-first 80~100 footer. I didn't hit anything so when I stopped bouncing I told my partner, Bob Horton, that it was his lead. Aug 26, 2008