Why Ya Sufferin'?
Avg: 3 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1150 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Preston Rhea & Micah Humphrey - 3.5.13|
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|Shared By:||Preston Rhea on Mar 6, 2013|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Description"Why Ya Sufferin'?" generally follows obvious left-trending weaknesses up the north face of Blue Crag. The first ascent was done in winter conditions so the route description will reflect that.
Pitch 1 - A short rock step is passed to gain a large snowfield. Traverse left to the base of the hidden chute. 50m
Pitch 2 - The Waterfall Pitch. Climb a steep chimney (5.6) to easier ground. In the chute, a few mixed sections may be encountered depending on the thickness and quality of the snow. A chockstone about half way up is passed on the right. Moderate snow leads to the Two Tree Snowfield. 70m
Pitch 3 - Moderate snow leads to a short mixed section as a chockstone is passed. Continue up relatively solid snow into the Australia Snowfield. 65m
Pitch 4 - Straightforward snow climbing following the continuous snow line trending up and left. The first ascent party found this pitch difficult to protect placing two marginal pieces in its entirety. Generally quite simple climbing, spiced up when the snow is thin over the rock. 70m
Pitch 5 - The Crux Pitch. A short mixed step leads into an easy snowfield before the rock band. A fairly obvious broken chimney on the left provides well protected 5.8 mixed climbing. A welded fixed pin was left by the first ascent party in this chimney. Above the rock band, mixed rock steps are encountered before the belay. 70m
Pitch 6 - Straightforward snow climbing up and right through a cornice lead to the top of the climb. 35m
LocationThe route is on the north face of Blue Crag and starts at the base of the lowest and farthest right snowfield.
The route descends off the back of Blue Crag as a walk-off and down a couloir back to the start of the route.