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Cascade: Slot to Amphitheater 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Original: WI3-4 [details]
FA: Bob Hall & Mary-Jane Cross circa 1977-78
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Mar 1, 2017

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Description 

Look closely on the left edge of the gully above the top of the Cascade (My recollection is it was/is 200-300 ft above the top, but may be more.), and you can see a 4ft-wide by 4 ft high "slot" in the rock wall.

Scramble up through this slot, which is a minor drainage, and continue up the drainage as it bends around to the right.

You will come out on an amphitheater with an ice formation that resembles a mini "Weeping Winds" top bulge.

The "Length=100ft" is for this pitch, not for the whole scramble into the amphitheater, which is at least several hundred feet. (1977-78 was a long time ago) I remember at the top I drove in my "Zero" ice axe (the "latest" at the time) and a crack split the whole of the top bulge....scary!

I mentioned this to Don Mellor a couple of years ago and he found it; although I forget whether it was pre, or post, Irene. I saw the slot when I soloed to the summit in Jan 2014, so it's still visible.

Not sure anybody else has been in there. Although now with the "main line" open to the summit of Cascade, not sure anybody would want to.

Location 

See description

Protection 

Usual stuff


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