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Type: Ice, 1000 ft, 7 pitches, Grade V
FA: Mark Chapman and Kevin Worral, 1975
Page Views: 1,334 total · 40/month
Shared By: climbing coastie on Jan 1, 2016
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


The longest continuous ice climb in the lower 48. It's a classic that only forms every few years, so has seen few accents.


Obvious to find from the road. Just hike uphill. Walk-off via Inspiration Point trail


Short screws and a light rock rack
You should add the annotated photo of the pitches in your partner's TR and description of the pitches... Jan 6, 2016
Josh Hutch
State of Jefferson
  WI5 R
Josh Hutch   State of Jefferson
  WI5 R
Here is a trip report for 12/31/15. More route info and pictures at the link.… Sep 25, 2016
Brian Prince
morro bay, ca
Brian Prince   morro bay, ca
This is a really lame route description. Also, I think this thing is closer to 1500 ft. than 1000 ft. Mar 7, 2018
Agreed. My partner and I did 8 very long pitches, 2 of which were 80-90M, and then there is also the big approach slope/solo just to get started. And yes, the longest ice route in the lower 48 deserves a better writeup!

The walkoff descent in deep snow was one of the most humbling experiences of my climbing career thus far.. Mar 7, 2018

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