Left Hand Monkey Wrench
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|FA:||Randy Noble, John Bussulak, 1997|
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|Shared By:||BrianWinslow on Feb 3, 2008|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionA great pitch to avoid the mixed climbing on Lower Hitchcock, or to bypass a slower party. Not a bad climb in itself either.
LocationFrom the base of Hitchock gully hike north (right) along the cliff band for approximately 5 minutes. The Flow will come down from a right facing corner, making it hard to see on the approach.
[Note: In 2015 the 'path' started about 300-400 ft up Hitchcock opposite a 20-25ft high boulder/cliff on the left. (This is the first significant rock encountered.) A rising traverse to the right through trees, then on snow-covered slab (50-100ft below a rock-cliff-wall) then further up and right led to the base. I'd say "5 minutes" is rather optimistic !
To use this as a descent: from the base of Upper Hitchcock, move downhill-left (climber's right) through open slabs and and then more-or-less straight down through some trees. Best to follow a path (as we did) if you haven't done it before. Rap anchors are on a 6-8" diameter birch tree; rap with a single 70m (or long-ish 60m) down the climber's-left side to a huge double-trunked tree. Ropes will run over rock about 20 ft down, watch for potential lose rock. R. Hall]