Type: Sport, Alpine, 8 pitches, Grade III
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Scott Underwood on Apr 9, 2016
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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This is an eight-pitch alpine route with additional traverse or scramble pitches between Pitches 4 & 5, 5 & 6 and 7 & 8, then above Pitch 8 to the top. Grades are 5.6 to 5.8, with Pitches 1 and 6 being fairly stiff 5.8s. Ten or eleven clips on the longer pitches.

Pitch 1 is Bad-Tempered Prom Queen in the middle of the Mossness Wall. There is an easy but exposed top-out above the Pitch 1 anchor to the large grassy ledge at the base of Pitch 2. Use the fixed line but don’t trust any portion of it that you can’t see. A traverse between Pitches 4 and 5 is protected by a fixed rope that starts at the upper end of the ramp above Pitch 4. You can walk off from the top of Pitch 4 by descending the fixed line at the bottom of the ramp, then proceed down past the Pixies and Yew Walls.

A rappell route from the bottom of Pitch 6 follows the base of the wall, then turns down and angles a bit to the right as you face the mountain (five raps with a 60m rope; the 4th anchor from the top is somewhat hidden in a gully.) It’s also possible to walk off from the top of the multipitch as well but not recommended in climbing shoes. Stay right through the timber and look for a rap anchor on a fir tree where the ground steepens. There’s another anchor where your rope runs out, then another two anchors in the narrow gully that turns right farther below. Use caution when pulling ropes in the gully as there’s a lot of loose rock.

Count on 6+ hours for the full ascent & descent. Hot in the summertime so best climbed early in the day. Communication between climber & belayer may be difficult on the upper pitches if it’s windy. Not a bad idea to bring radios.