The Spiral Staircase
Avg: 4 from 3 votes
|Type:||Ice, 60 ft|
|FA:||Bradley White, Tom Armstrong, 1/84|
|Page Views:||795 total, 13/month|
|Shared By:||bradley white on Nov 20, 2012|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
Dartmouth Skiway D.O.C. parking lot for non skiers. This is mandatory parking to know your at the ledges. Details
Holts ledge is being ice climbed without issues. What has changed radically is the approach. Presently access is only by going up from the Dartmouth Skiway D.O.C. parking lot for non skiers. This is mandatory parking to know your at the ledges. Access is by the Papoose cross country ski trail to get there. I didn't know of this trail or I would have notified MP of this place long ago. Access became a issue in the late 1980's when there was private land development. Anyway are enough of us to find out anymore details from the D.O.C. about climbing there.
DescriptionStart on approach ice until at base of the pillar(sometimes not strong for screws). Climb pillar crux then go left into the corner. Higher up the corner it is the twisted crux(like a plastic kid park spiral slide). It begins near vertical then has a short vertical crescendo finish. I always had trouble with the pillar. Other climbers have said the top part is the crux.
The pillar can be skipped by a small passage way up besides the pillar at WI3+, looking up left side. This route is good for mixed climbing during drought winters.
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