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Avg: 2 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 600 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||2 lines: Erik Werner and Chad Volk (variation written here) 5/14/11. Greg Sievers & Brian Verhulst (similar line in area, 2 months earlier)|
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|Shared By:||Erik Werner on Jun 5, 2011|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionP1: Climb the short but cruxy dihedral (M4-5) to a tiny bonsai tree at the top, then work your way up several short rock steps, trending slightly left, to a large snow field with trees. Belay at farthest tree or rock outcrop on left you can reach. 60m. M4-5? (I'd like to hear what others think of that opening dihedral, so we can give it a consensus grade. I felt it was substantially harder than Wham Couloir or The Cleft, both M4, but I was also occupied with a ton of moss excavation on lead, so who knows? Maybe with subsequent ascents/cleaning, it'll deserve an easier grade. Let me know what you think.)
P2: Take the in-cut dihedral directly above the rock island belay, and work your way straight up to an overhanging block/corner, which you'll climb and exit on the left (watch for loose toaster oven). Continue straight up, passing numerous bouldery steps, toward the tip of a snow finger that perfectly exits on the upper snow slope, find a tree to belay from (might require some simul-climbing to find a good one. 70m?, 5.5, M3-M4, depending on line.
P3: Head right across snow to large slab. There are 3 finger cracks here, take the middle one and when it levels out take a left straight up fall line, passing a short bouldery step en route to the top. 40m, M3+/4-.
Descent: Downclimb back of summit block and descend to trees on right. Either downclimb couloir, or rap using sling + biner we left on lowest tree. Snow conditions were somewhat suspect when we did it, so we opted to be careful. The couloir is ~500 feet, with many options on wall for additional anchors if snow is really sketch. Skirt the base back to boulderfield.