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Alien Wall, The T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
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Description

Directly opposite from such classics as The Snaz and Caveat Emptor, the North East face of Prospectors Mountain beckons the eyes. The wall is big - one of the biggest in the range, and is an impressive hunk of gneiss. This side of Death Canyon is the southern side, and as such it faces North. It gets morning sun but then falls into the shade for the remainder of the day. The two most prominent features are Apocalypse Couloir and Raven Crack. The rock here is darker than the north side of the canyon, probably owing to lack of sun. The rock quality, however, can be quite good, though it is typical of the Tetons and can therefore range from dreamy to nightmare, all in one pitch. In the winter, Raven Crack is the major drainage that forms one of the Teton's better ice climbs, Prospectors Falls. Often, this portion of the wall can be quite wet until late summer. Even then, there is running water down the parts of this formation. A visit to this side is in stark contrast to the sometimes stifling north side. Here you can find shady, beautiful vegetation, and the walls dramatically rising above you for almost 2000'.

Getting There

Follow the trailhead until you are opposite the face, using Apocalypse Couloir and the large talus/snow cone below it as your guide. From there, you must cross the creek and negotiate up the apex of the talus and the start of most climbs.

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