Avg: 4 from 54 votes
|Type:||Mixed, Ice, 350 ft, 3 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||John Bragg, Rick Wilcox, 1973|
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|Shared By:||Gabe13 Flanders on Oct 13, 2006|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall|
Right of the Cathedral Cave, you will spy a continuous flow of ice choking the rock chimney of the same name. Get there early or late, you don't want to climb beneath another party on this one.
P1: A 1 to 2-foot wide ice flow (often picked out) leads past a low pin to a ledge on the left with bolts. With a 70 m rope, it is possible and recommended to combine this pitch with p 2, as it makes the p 2 crux much safer.
P2: Step right and climb the column that spills from the pinched chimney. Can be much harder (and dicier screw placements to protect this crux)if the column is broken off. Careful stemming and a touch of brute strength will get you into the long, lovely chimney above. May be straight-ahead swings with great stemming on rock if fat, can be memorable chimney climbing reaching way in for sticks when thin. Good rock gear at intervals to supplement screws. Belay on the left once the chimney opens up into the spectacular rock corner, you will be tempted to stop at the first ledge but there is a higher station that is much nicer.
P3: Step back right and climb the beautiful WI4 ice flow. Roughly seventy feet of climbing will get you to the climb's second crux, the chockstone. It is possible to go left or right, most climbers go left but both options are good. Good cams and screws are available under the chockstone, then pick your line and go for it. The turf shots are only a few moves away... People always talk about the (gloved) hand jam, but you can climb this crux with or without tools. As with much of the route, good stemming is key. Hallelujah, you made it!