Type: Ice
FA: Jan 1970, Rocky Keeler, Jeff Lea, Frank Zahar
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Obvious: Climb the steep, fat ice flow to easier ice slabs for the last 20'. Generally, the right edge is easier than the rest. While the flow itself is wide enough for two parties to share, the top belay is not.
Note that White Line Fever is the natural extension of this flow, offering three long pitches of WI3 ice above it. Each pitch entails snow-slogging, but its alpine feel is worth the effort. For those who don't want to tackle the steep ice at the bottom, a walk around path exists to reach these upper pitches.


East of the east end of Chapel Pond. The top of the flow can be seen from the road. Approach is more tedious than one would expect. Either wander through the marsh along the annual maze of other climbers' attempts, walk across the pond (cautiously, if it is solid), or hack your way west from close to the Slab.


Standard ice rack.
Eriks Rozners
Binghamton, NY
Eriks Rozners   Binghamton, NY
This is a great route for aspiring grade 4 leader. However, it can be stepped out so badly that it has a nickname Crystal Ice Ladder. Feb 6, 2012
Bill Kirby
Baltimore Maryland
Bill Kirby   Baltimore Maryland
Be sure to place a screw before topping out after big snows. Slides have knocked climbers off the top before.

I've climbed this when it's in 5 condition and when it's been more like a 3+. This route forms differently all the time. Mar 23, 2013
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
Crystal + White Line is just a wonderful alpine-like climb. Maybe some snow slogging for 30 ft at the top of P2, then 40-50 ft on the big ledge between top of P2 to get to base of P3.

Good Beta about putting in something at the top slab on P2. It would be a hell-of-a bounce-bounce-bounce smash down the slightly wandering path of P2. Mar 1, 2017