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Amphitheater Route (aka Fowler Memorial Route) 

Amphitheater Route (aka Fowler Memorial Route) 

WI4- M1

   
Type:  Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 1000', Grade IV
Original: WI4- M1 Easy Snow [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Marc Beverly on Nov 12, 2007

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Description 

I have no idea who did this route first, but dubbed it the Fowler Memorial Route after Charlie, a great climber and ice climbing visionary, who put up many of the routes in this area. It's likely he had the FA on this.

The striking line that runs up the apex / middle of the bowl is this line. There are several offshoots, some of which can not be seen from town and have likely not had a FFA as of 2005.

Several cruxes exist on this route. Gaining access into the main couloir is the first. Easy alpine ice and snow break up the pitches of waterfall ice. I'm not sure how many pitches there are, since I've only soloed this thing several times.

Getting down can be somewhat problematic. Much like the cat litter problem that Cody has, this area is plagued with loose, radioactive chunder should you feel that descending the route isn't what you had in mind.

The route goes all the way up to the main ridge above tree line for a stunning view.

Avalanche hazard can be extreme, so check conditions before you go.

Protection 

4-5 screws, two ropes, possibly a picket (?) I didn't take all that, but that would be a good rack for the standard route. (A flow of WI6 on the left side comes in and is RX until higher up after some strenuous rock climbing)


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