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Main Squeeze T M4-5
Type: Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 6 pitches, Grade IV
FA: ? Chris Erickson, Tim Hallinan
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Shared By: tim on Nov 24, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Main Squeeze is probably 6 pitches total if all pitches are roped. We roped up for 3 pitches, all squeeze chimney climbing P1 M4, P2 and 3 M1-2ish, P4 M4+, P5 M4+, P6 M2ish.

P1 starts in the large dihedral at the head of the cirque and takes the left branch. The dihedral starts M2-3 and ends in a heel toe squeeze chimney M4, full 60 meter pitch.

Pitches 2 and 3 wander mostly on snow with occasional headwalls to the base of the dark, ugly chimney visible from the base M2?

P4 is strenuous chimneying with small gear and hooks on the left wall M4+.

P5 starts at the base of the next obvious dark and slightly overhanging squeeze chimney, there was a wee bit of ice here for us, but not screw worthy M4+. P4 and 5 may be combined.

P6 is easy mixed to obvious scrambling terrain up a short gully M2? From the top of the gully the descent couloir to sky pond is impossible to miss, head north. You can climb some unreal chimney/squeeze chimney on this route if you like that sort of thing.

Location

This is on the ENE face of Powell Peak at the far end of the cirque separating Thatchtop and Arrowhead. Climb the obvious chimney system splitting the westernmost part of the cirque. Descend a couloir dropping North to Sky Pond.

Protection

Single rack to a #4, no big gear required despite the amount of chimney, offwidth. Twin or double ropes are handy for all the pack hauling. No fixed gear was found on our ascent. KBs and Bugaboos come in handy.

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