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The Myth of Sisyphus

WI5, Trad, Ice, 500 ft (152 m), 3 pitches, Grade III,  Avg: 3 from 1 vote
FA: Tim & Rainsford Rouner (1st 2 pitches) 1976, Kurt Winkler & Ed Webster complete 1982
New Hampshire > NH Ice & Mixed > N Conway Area > Whitehorse Ice… > 1. S Buttress Ice Climbs

Description

Disclamer: I haven't climbed this route, few people have. I think I've seen it "in" twice in the nine years I've lived where I can see it every day.

It needs a prolonged spell of cold weather, plus there should be NO SUN forecast for the day you pick to try it. This is a south facing cliff with underlying dark rock. The climb starts to disintegrate very quickly if the sun comes out.

Protection

Take Nuts, cams and other assorted rock gear in addition to ice gear.

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The Rouner brothers seen from a distance on the FA of the Myth in 1976. They had asked me to go with them,  but I was asked to help a friend in a court appearance so missed out on this historic first ascent.
[Hide Photo] The Rouner brothers seen from a distance on the FA of the Myth in 1976. They had asked me to go with them, but I was asked to help a friend in a court appearance so missed out on this historic fir…
The "Myth" 12/11/13 3:45pm from the golf course
[Hide Photo] The "Myth" 12/11/13 3:45pm from the golf course
The "Myth" from Hales Location's Moat Lane
[Hide Photo] The "Myth" from Hales Location's Moat Lane
Top of the "Myth" (arrows point to the same feature(s) for "linking" with middle and top photos.)
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Middle section of the "Myth" (arrows point to the same feature(s) for "linking" with middle and top photos.)
[Hide Photo] Middle section of the "Myth" (arrows point to the same feature(s) for "linking" with middle and top photos.)
Bottom Section of the "Myth" (arrows point to the same feature(s) for "linking" with middle and top photos.)
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What it usually looks like, 12/18/13
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The "Myth" from the golf course 3/4/16 5:12 pm
[Hide Photo] The "Myth" from the golf course 3/4/16 5:12 pm