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Hallett Peak - mixed/ice
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Bullet 

WI3+ M6+

   
Type:  Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 130', Grade V
Original: WI3+ M6+ [details]
FA: Greg Sievers, Brad Grohusky
New Route: Yes
Season: winter
Page Views: 4,410
Submitted By: Greg Sievers on Jan 21, 2001

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Austin exiting the P1 crux on Bullet, RMNP.

Description 

This route is located below and (East) in front of the North Face of Hallett Peak. Directly below and left of Hallett Chimney, on the next feature lower down. It ascends a HUGE dihedral under a 15' roof.

Start with WI-3 for 30'-40', then climbs the left wall of the diheadral passing two, short OW sections on their left. the upper section of the dihedral gets thin and a KB will nicely fit a seam on the left wall. Climb to the roof.traverse to the left, under the roof, on a smooth face. Protection is found in small cracks in the roof. the crux is found on the outter corner of the roof, small nuts may protect you with blind placements. A short 15' section of narrow ledges will access a large bench above. A fixed pin and nut on the back wall allow a 60m rap. to the start.

This ice (and therefore) route forms up just about every year.

Addendum: an additional pitch has been done. See comments below.

Protection 

2-3 ice screws. 3-5 hand sized cams. 3-6 small Aliens or TCUs and good selection of small-to-medium nuts. a few KB will make you feel better, too. I guess that basically says - full alpine rack.


Photos of Bullet Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bonus P2 Dihedral. Highly recommended and great ge...
Bonus P2 Dihedral. Highly recommended and great ge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the route on 12/4/2015.
Leading the route on 12/4/2015.
Rock Climbing Photo: My rack for the route. I used it all. Recommend at...
BETA PHOTO: My rack for the route. I used it all. Recommend at...
Rock Climbing Photo: Route as of 12/4/2015.
BETA PHOTO: Route as of 12/4/2015.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo from the anchors.
BETA PHOTO: Photo from the anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: Anchor as of 12/4/2015. Webbing and cord in excell...
BETA PHOTO: Anchor as of 12/4/2015. Webbing and cord in excell...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad Grohusky headed up to complete the FA. Jan 22...
Brad Grohusky headed up to complete the FA. Jan 22...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Sheridan switching to bare hands for the off...
Chris Sheridan switching to bare hands for the off...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Sheridan leading the M5 offwidth section of ...
Chris Sheridan leading the M5 offwidth section of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: There is a bench that maybe you can walk off. Best...
There is a bench that maybe you can walk off. Best...
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows WI3 into the big dihedral, then ...
The route follows WI3 into the big dihedral, then ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bullett just below and left of Hallett Chimney.
Bullett just below and left of Hallett Chimney.
Rock Climbing Photo: Detterline & Wilber climbing lower 90'. photo: Jim...
Detterline & Wilber climbing lower 90'. photo: Jim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Wilber approaching Bullett 2/28/08. Photo: Ji...
Matt Wilber approaching Bullett 2/28/08. Photo: Ji...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the second pitch. The crux moves are just...
Starting the second pitch. The crux moves are just...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the roof on pitch 1.
Looking down from the roof on pitch 1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hallet Peak, NE buttress, Bullet M-6 TOPO SKETCH
Hallet Peak, NE buttress, Bullet M-6 TOPO SKETCH

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By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 2, 2008

Emailed to me by: Jim Detterline 4-1-08 "According to my notes, I climbed 90' on this route. I only brought a handful of pitons in addition to my ice rack, as I was not expecting to push the route beyond the ice. I felt that the ice climbed was WI 4, as it entailed two vertical sections, one of which was a bit unstable. I ended on a ledge below the big overhang, and placed a two piton rappel anchor. I was belayed by Matt Wilber."
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 2, 2008

Good job, guys!
I never heard of anyone climbing this route over the last 7 years. If that's true, it still awaits its 2nd full ascent.
On the FA, I took a nice whipper off the traverse while attempting to turn the roof. Yanked a blue TCU and a KB before coming to rest upside down about 25' down but safe. B-Rad then took over and completed the crux.
As you can see, you got WAY MORE ice than we did. Lucky you!
By Dougald MacDonald
Nov 2, 2009

This route doesn't look great from the ground, because the ice is so short, but the climbing is excellent. Jack Roberts and I did it in two pitches, which reduces rope drag and saves gear; there's a great stance and fixed anchor above the first-pitch roof. Jack found a good and much better-protected variation to the first-pitch crux, going to the right around the bulge instead of left up the lieback/offwidth. Carry a substantial rock rack for the second pitch: small wires to #3 Camalot/3.5 Friend. The crux slab traverse can be protected with small wires and half-inch cams in the roof overhead.

You can also do this route in three short pitches at M5 by climbing the first pitch, traversing to the right, and then climbing mixed ground and snow back up and left to the upper anchor. That anchor could use some public service, by the way: A 9 or 10 hex would do a great job of backing up the two old pins. You can rap the route with a 70m rope by downclimbing the easy ice at the bottom.

More photos: themountainworld.blogspot.com/...
By j wharton
Jan 16, 2011

Brian McMahon and I climbed this route today in full Scottish conditions--a proper day out! We had intended to try something on Hallett's North Face, but we couldn't even see the wall from 50' away! Just thought I'd add that I climbed another pitch above the terrace in the topo. Going straight up another big dihedral and out some roofs. Good fun, and good pro. Maybe a touch easier then the 1st pitch. We were able to walk off right easily. This route's a great consolation prize if things prove too nasty for a full day.
By Mike Soucy
From: Longmont, CO
Dec 7, 2011

Climbed this route today. Fun and challenging rock climbing with tools. A couple of comments: we found a single rack from green C3 to #3, small/med nuts, and 3 ice screws to be plenty sufficient. We did, however, climb right of the offwidth. No pins necessary. Gear through the traverse is great (I tested it).
Also, we removed the fixed anchor at the top of the pitch and moved it ~20m climbers' left, to the base of the big dihedral.
The two pins (both short KBs) that constituted the established anchor were pretty bad.
Replaced them with a long KB and a stopper. Those headed up there soon might bring up a bit of cordage/webbing to beef it up as we were short and left only single strand 5mil.
By Noah8000
From: Vail, CO
Dec 13, 2014

Awesome route! Been wanting to do this one for a while.

Wharton's additional pitch is super good. I think it's the best pitch on the route, even though the crux pitch is awesome as well. Good climb for a short day or bad weather. The whole route protects super well. Don't hesitate to give er a go!
By CanDillo
From: The Great State -Colorado
Apr 10, 2016
rating: WI3+ M5+

Nothing that everyone hasn't already said here. Great route and great for a short day. P2 is not to be missed!! Unbeliveably good climbing and has great gear throughout. Highly recommended.
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Apr 26, 2016

This is a good route, especially with the extra JW pitch above. No pins are needed for the crux roof as it protects well with a couple cams and/or nuts.