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Alpine Simulator

5.7+ M4-5 Mod. Snow, Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 1200 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III,  Avg: 4 from 2 votes
FA: Eric B
Idaho > E Idaho > Garden creek gap

Description

One of the classics; if not the funnest of the Gap routes. A few mixed pitches brings one to the midsdle of the prominent prow in the center of the face. Climb steep 5.7 jugs(mixed) for a couple pitches and finish on easy mixed terrian which puts you right on the summit. Exposed, fun and as with all gap routes, unique.

Location

Start at the base of the central coulior and climb approx 250ft up to a point where it looks like fun to traverse right to gain the main rib on the north face; climb up!

Protection

standard alpine rack, all belays are natural.

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Our pitch 3 belay.  I believe that I should have kept heading right a bit more before going up to stay on route.  As it was, I went left and up, which still lead to fun climbing.
[Hide Photo] Our pitch 3 belay. I believe that I should have kept heading right a bit more before going up to stay on route. As it was, I went left and up, which still lead to fun climbing.
The start of the Alpine Simulator
[Hide Photo] The start of the Alpine Simulator
Chris leading pitch 3
[Hide Photo] Chris leading pitch 3
Rough Topo of the alpine simulator. When entering the gap it climbs the obvious 800ft prow in the center of the face. A super classic winter adventure!
[Hide Photo] Rough Topo of the alpine simulator. When entering the gap it climbs the obvious 800ft prow in the center of the face. A super classic winter adventure!

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James McNabb
Tucson
[Hide Comment] Looks like an awesome route! Ever done it in the summer? (i.e. ice free) Jul 31, 2017