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Routes in Dropline Area

Coffin, The WI4+
Dracula WI4+
Dropline WI5
Welcome to the Machine WI4-5
Type: Ice
FA: Rainsford Rouner, peter Cole and Rick Wilcox, Feb 1976
Page Views: 6,068 total, 51/month
Shared By: lee hansche on Feb 21, 2008
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall

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Description

This was a very sought after line that many tried before it went down in February 1976. To think that it was climbed with the equipment that was available then is quite impressive. When I look at the state of the art gear I'm climbing with and look at intimidating routes like this that were climbed before I was born on gear that would send me back a few grades it just amazes me.

Pitch 1: Start below the painfully obvious perfect drip on the wall above. Climb the normally very thin slab which is more scary than difficult due to the lack of protection. Really it's maybe grade 3 climbing but the higher up you get the harder it seems. As you get toward the top you can get a couple screws in but by that point you are through the worst of the first pitch. As you get to the base of the main icicle step to the left to a sheltered belay stance. We belayed from a few medium sized cams.

Pitch 2: Well if you are leading this pitch take a deep breath and commit yourself. You are looking at a long and pretty much straight up icicle that is usually only a few feet thick when it's in good. The bottom can be hollow but as a whole it is solid. Fighting the pump is the name of the game and if you are well-conditioned to steep pumpy climb it might be just a nice way to spend a day. To many it represents an ultimate goal. However you look at this climb you will no doubt agree that it is a classic. Top out the cliff and hit the trees for a nice view while you belay.

Location

The very obvious yellow icicle between Standard Route and Dracula. Start beneath the icicle on slabs that are often thin.

Protection

Enough screws to make you feel happy. A few cams are nice for the belay.

Photos

Hah, considering how famous this climb is, how many EPIC photos are out there.. this page is struggling!! Jan 31, 2017
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
How long is Dropline? May 25, 2013
shoo  
DEFINITELY bring medium sized cams (tricams or hexes in similar sizes will work just fine as well) for the p2 belay anchor. You will hate your life without them. Feb 22, 2011