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Routes in Grand Portal Point

HMR WI5
Mixed Master TR WI4+ M4-5
Overhanging Wall TR WI6
Snow Cone TR WI4
Twilight TR WI4+
Type: Ice, 160 ft
FA: Paul Kuenn. Mid 1980's
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Shared By: LanceSullins on Feb 21, 2012
Admins: jon jugenheimer, Paul Peppin

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Description

A very spectacular route frozen to the bluff above Lake Superior. We saw a picture of this route in a guide, but it wasn't named. Top roped it by lowering in from the top 2/2012 and it was in good shape and in all the way to the water line with no shelf ice.

Location

Just east of Grand Portal Point. Like most climbs in the area you can't see it from above but from a prominent point to the east is can easily be surveyed.

GPS Coordinates:
46.550878,-86.457145

Protection

TR from trees above or (for the really brave) rap to the water and pull the rope and lead on screws.

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jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
  WI5
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
  WI5
FA: Paul Kuenn. 1980's. The lake was frozen, skied out from the beach. One Wooden tool Piolet, one short tool. Bad Ass. Originally named "Singing in the Rain" It was a late March ascent....

Renamed HMR post 2012 or 13? Ice fest party weekend...Long story, find a man named Ross, he might just tell you all of it...or maybe not

As far as the grade, I have done it in WI 4+ conditions into 5/6 conditions. I believe the earlier in the season you get on it, the easier it can be. The wall really isn't all that steep, but the route fills out from the top down as the season progresses into a steep piece of ice! I believe the overall grade should be WI5 as that is what it averages at when it is formed. May 27, 2016
Bogdan P
Boulder, CO
  WI5
Bogdan P   Boulder, CO
  WI5
Saying this is WI4 (the current consensus) is criminally sandbagging people. Was on it on Saturday, and it could have been WI6 if I'd picked the 100+' pillar a bit to my left. As it was I had chandeliers to deal with. That would be a first for me on a "WI4" route. Feb 8, 2015
Matt Abbotts and I think we have the first lead on 01-22-14. It was a hard and beautiful climb out in the middle of nowhere. The lake ice is in although difficult to walk on and the Chapel rd is plowed to within about 4 miles of Chapel beach. There is a small pullout off Chapel Rd. It's plowed because of logging so if you park there leave plenty of room for the logging trucks to get by. Jan 24, 2014
wankel7
Indiana
wankel7   Indiana
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I saw this in the April 2013 Outside Magazine. Jun 25, 2013
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
  WI5
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
  WI5
Stoked you did it! F'n awesome piece of ice for the midwest. Also named this season.."HMR" but still not sure if anyone has actually lead it. Jul 5, 2012
LanceSullins
Ridgway, CO
 
LanceSullins   Ridgway, CO
 
I stand corrected, thanks Jon. It was absolutely worth the 7+ miles we hiked to climb this route! Apr 5, 2012
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
  WI5
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
  WI5
I didn't say "unclimbable" I said "Another unnamed and unclimbed route??" The comment was meant to stir someone hike the 7+miles out there and do it! It has been TR'd, but has anyone lead it? Mar 9, 2012
LanceSullins
Ridgway, CO
 
LanceSullins   Ridgway, CO
 
Does anyone know the name of this route? I had seen a picture in Jon J's guide and I'm almost certain he labeled it as "unclimbable" with no other description. Any info would be appreciated to make the route description here correct. Feb 23, 2012