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Cold Duck 

WI4- R

Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 70'
Original: WI4- R [details]
FA: Jim Dockery and partner 1977
Season: very sustained cold
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Submitted By: Brian in SLC on Jan 15, 2008

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Ephemeral ice climb forming over the top of the rock climb, "Disco Duck". Tends to be thin. Sometimes can be a sheet of ice with 8" of air behind it. Can be somewhat solid. Patience required to tick this critter. Sustained cold needed to form and remain. Can be formed in the early a.m., and gone by mid a.m.


Waterfront over the rock climb, Disco Duck. South facing and sees significant sun (early start prudent).


Set of ice screws including some shorties. Try to find the anchor on Disco Duck but take means to bail if the rock slab below the anchor is too sketchy to lead through. Some folks might find rock gear useful.

Photos of Cold Duck Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Me- trying to keep my wits about me (12/29/16)
Me- trying to keep my wits about me (12/29/16)
Rock Climbing Photo: Was 'in' as of 12/29/16
BETA PHOTO: Was 'in' as of 12/29/16
Rock Climbing Photo: Alan Spadafora bein an Ice BOSS! 12/29/16
Alan Spadafora bein an Ice BOSS! 12/29/16
Rock Climbing Photo: Cold Duck on an early January 2004 morning.
BETA PHOTO: Cold Duck on an early January 2004 morning.

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By fourteenfour
From: PNW // PWM // SLC
Jan 5, 2015

Excellent line. Definitely thin. Probably the last climbable day this season as it is melting out today and the rest of the week - maybe it will form again but watch out for delaminating. Surprisingly a #5 c4 could have been placed behind a slab (at least on this climb) - but we still had 4 screws in. the top-out was a little heady with very thin ice/rock. Great lead from Dallen Ward.

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