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Type:  Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 600'
Original: WI4- [details]
FA: Christian Fracchia, Charlie Dickens - 1999
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Submitted By: Matt D on Mar 3, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Agharta on November 21, 2015 (Photo by Kevin Mudra...


There are two variations, left and right of the buttress shown in the photo. I believe the RHS is the original route, and more reliable. We climbed the LHS in 2016, though the description below is sufficient for either side.

P1 30m NEI 1/2 Climb easy slabs/slopes to the base of the steep ice. This section can be bypassed on the right if the ice is too thin or non-existent.

P2 55m NEI 3 Climb rambling steps of ice to mellower terrain above where rock outcroppings may offer shelter and a belay on rock gear.

P3 55m NEI 3/4 Climb easy slopes for 20m, then break through a vertical step amongst cool looking caves.

P4 35m NEI 3- climb rambling steps to the trees above.

Descent: rappel off scrubs, V-threads and/or rock outcroppings. Alternatively, some parties bushwack upwards to the Marcy trail.


Hike to the Marcy/Haystack col from the Garden parking lot, passing John's Brook Lodge and Slant Rock (4 hours).
After bushwacking 20 minutes into Panther Gorge from the Haystack/Marcy col and reaching Panther den, follow the rock faces south past the Feline wall to the big obvious face of Agharta.

From the base of the climb, only the first 3 pitches are visible.

Base of Route: GPS: 44.113066 north, -73.908183 west = WGS84 UTM 18T 587369 4885010


When the ice is good (as it was in 2016), a standard rack of ice screws is sufficient. Other years people report thin/scary ice, necessitating stubbies and rock gear.

Cord for V-threads.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Photo from Feb 27, 2016 showing the left and right...
BETA PHOTO: Photo from Feb 27, 2016 showing the left and right...

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