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Ice of Desperation T WI4- Mod. Snow
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Type: Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 300 ft, 2 pitches, Grade III
FA: Reynolds/Burnett "12
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Shared By: Alpinglow23 on Nov 6, 2013
Admins: Lauren Heerschap, Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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Steep snow deposits you to a 20M smear of ice in the couloir.
1st pitch- Climb the ice up and to the right establishing a belay as the ice peters out. The ice is good and takes pro well.
2nd pitch- A snow slog up the rest of the couloir. Beware of avalanche conditions as protection is scarce.


On the East Buttress of Watchtower (just south of the cirque lake), the central couloir that faces NE. Follow the highest snow to its highest point on the base of the buttress.


Ice screws supplimented with a light rock rack for anchor and the second pitch.


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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
what time of year did you do this? Mar 13, 2018
Midvale, UT
  WI4- Mod. Snow
Alpinglow23   Midvale, UT
  WI4- Mod. Snow
It was early March. We had noticed a bunch of ice in the cirque June of the previous year, but it was all rotten. The year we went, this was the only ice we could find. I think in a good ice year there would be a lot of other options. Mar 13, 2018

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