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Browns Creek Falls T WI4
Crescent T WI3-
Left Brain Right Brain T WI3- R
Left Wishbone T WI3-
Left Wishbone (Rock Scramble) T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Potato Hill Direct WI2- M1-2 R
Royal Air T V-easy 3 WI4-5 R
Taj (Left and Right Variations), The T WI3- R
Y Gully T WI3
Type: Trad, Ice, Alpine, 2000 ft, 4 pitches, Grade IV
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013
Admins: Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Description

20 minutes North of Crescent and Brown Creek Falls is a major drainage system. Scramble up the FIRST big drainage for about 15 minutes, through a massive pile of downfall, to the start of the ice (wide slab with a huge boulder up on the right). Walk, scramble and climb to the cool buttress where the Wishbones meet. Once at the buttress continue up, hugging the right side of the slide for a couple hundred more feet.

Start looking a short (6' tall) slab on the right side to exit the slide. Walk along the slab noticing sawed limbs for about 50'and then begin heading up continuing to follow the sawed limbs and weaknesses through the rhodos. Please consider contributing to the trail work up there. Take this last bit to Celo’'s summit, pick up the crest trail, head South, and then hang a left onto the Woody Ridge Trail.

Location

See Crescent and Browns Creek Beta.

20 minutes North of Crescent and Brown Creek Falls is a major drainage system.

Protection

screws and slings
Kyle Harris
Nashville TN
Kyle Harris   Nashville TN
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Climbed LWB this past weekend, dreaming of a colder winter but a short spell of cold offered just enough ice to climb. Feb 1, 2017
munkeybog
Columbia, SC
  WI3-
munkeybog   Columbia, SC
  WI3-
Having just gushed about how good I think Crescent is in the world of moderate Alpine Snow/Ice/Mountain Ascents... I honestly believe LWB is better.
As Jonathan Dull alluded too, LWB climbs a narrower gully and dictates the climbing by what ice/snow is available. You can't cheat this route. LWB also naturally takes the climber to a significant summit, Celo Knob, and is MUCH MUCH longer than Crescent.

I carry a short rope for emergency retreat, but the route is moderate alpine ascent that doesn't lend itself to lead gear. Jan 5, 2016
Jonathan Dull
Boone, NC
  WI3-
Jonathan Dull   Boone, NC
  WI3-
Climbed this route in February after a good snowfall (~8 in) w/ M. Dull. Route was mostly sections of WI2 with some snow trudging in between. You can spice up the difficulty in many sections and climb small steps of WI2+, WI3-. Upper sections involved a bit of mixed shenanigans through fresh powder, probably M4 due to a few sections that require tools. This route is very long and many of the "cruxy" sections aren't as easy to copout on as you would think. Definitely don't underestimate this climb and come prepared. Mar 11, 2015
J. Scott Thomas
  WI3-
J. Scott Thomas  
  WI3-
I soloed this one last year, it was a blast! Look for the huge logpile at the bottom.
My conditions were different: nice fat ice down low that thinned progressively, until I was mostly scraping rock through a few inches of snow. This led to some real flavor up high.
It would be an awesome snow climb if we get a good dump. Jan 6, 2014