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Routes in Panther Gorge

Agharta T WI4-
ByTooth and Claw T WI4 PG13
Charybdis T WI4
Chimaera T WI3- R
Fly By T WI3 PG13
John 3:16 T WI4
Just Nickel and Iron T WI4-
Needle in a Haystack T WI3
Orson's Tower T WI3+ PG13
PG-13 T WI4
Pi Day T WI3+ PG13
Ride the Lightning T WI5- PG13
Scylla T WI4 PG13
Skip the Lightning T WI3+ PG13
Sorry, Kevin T WI4
Spiritus Draconis T WI4+
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Type: Trad, Ice, 90 ft
FA: Kevin MudRat Mackenzie, Nolan Huther 2016 March 5
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Shared By: Kevin MudRat MacKenzie on Mar 7, 2016
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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This is the first documented ice climb on the Haystack side of the gorge-an aesthetic route from afar and up close. The crux comes early as a vertical pitch climbs under an overhanging cedar to the left of a small buttress. Rest on a terrace below a curtain (or bulges to the left) that finish the climb.

There's a killer view of the Panther Den Wall across the way, perhaps one of the best vantage points of this wall in the gorge.


Bushwhack south about 500 feet from the Phelps Trail/Haystack intersection keeping left and above the central drainage. There are 3 free-standing pillars first described by guide Orson Schofield Phelps about 50 feet south of the ice flow.


Rock pro on the left below the cedar, but if it's fat only screws are needed.



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