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Trad, Ice, Alpine, 1500 ft (455 m), 12 pitches, Grade III,
Avg: 2 from 1
FA: Larry Coats & Ross Hardwick (1979)
> Alpine Rock
> Mt of the Holy Cross
Here's a golden oldie from way back in the day, but I don't find an account on MP or Summitpost, so here you go.
The route climbs the obvious couloir that splits the north face of Holy Cross, between the Angelica Couloir and Cross Couloir. The route was climbed in early fall (September) on alpine ice and rock and includes a long chimney pitch where the couloir funnels down mid-face (5.8). The exit we used was the highest, right-trending ramp that provided the steepest ice on the route. This ramp exits onto the summit ridge just below the top of the peak.
A small (single-set) rock rack plus a half-dozen ice screws provided excellent protection.