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The Brittle Stiffie
Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches,
Avg: 2 from 8
FA: Bob Sorenson, Jason Stevens ('06)
> Central Utah
> Maple Canyon
> Maple Canyon Ice
> Left Hand Fork Ice Cl…
Access Issue: Private Property/Skin or Hike Approach
Continued access to Box Canyon is at the pleasure of the private landowner. Please...no dogs, no defecating in canyon. Pack it out. Pack it all out.
The best single book for Maple Canyon Ice Climbs is Jason Stevens' Maple Canyon Ice Climbing, available at area specialty equipment shops (or perhaps from him directly if you contact him on this site). Read it, especially his section on vehicular access issues.
All of the climbs in Maple Canyon absolutely require snow to provide moisture for the melt/freeze which forms these climbs, so snow-covered roads are pretty much a given. Plan to hike or skin up the road. It's a nice warm-up for the climbing, and will alleviate a lot of opportunities for a headache.
P1 (WI3-, 60'): A reliably forming slab. Belay from a tree.
P2 (WI3, 25'): Short pitch to a pine tree.
P3 (20'): Steep short curtain.
Descent: Rappel down from trees.
Walk up the Left Hand Fork about a 5 min. past Get Whacked. Look for the smear a short distance from the path with a flat open area at the base.
Variety of ice screws, webbing for belays from trees.