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Crystal Ice Tower 

WI4

   
Type:  Ice
Original: WI4 [details]
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Submitted By: Gantt524080 on Nov 3, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Zamboni smooth - with 4' of snow on the pond w...

Description 

Obvious: Climb the steep, fat ice flow to easier ice slabs for the last 20'. Generally, the right edge is easier than the rest. While the flow itself is wide enough for two parties to share, the top belay is not.
Note that White Line Fever is the natural extension of this flow, offering three long pitches of WI3 ice above it. Each pitch entails snow-slogging, but its alpine feel is worth the effort. For those who don't want to tackle the steep ice at the bottom, a walk around path exists to reach these upper pitches.

Location 

East of the east end of Chapel Pond. The top of the flow can be seen from the road. Approach is more tedious than one would expect. Either wander through the marsh along the annual maze of other climbers' attempts, walk across the pond (cautiously, if it is solid), or hack your way west from close to the Slab.

Protection 

Standard ice rack.


Photos of Crystal Ice Tower Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Ice Tower to White Line Fever
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Ice Tower to White Line Fever
Rock Climbing Photo: warm Sunday for a climb
warm Sunday for a climb
Rock Climbing Photo:
Rock Climbing Photo: My first WI4 climb - probably more like WI3
My first WI4 climb - probably more like WI3
Rock Climbing Photo: Crystal Ice Tower at the bottom. White Line Fever ...
BETA PHOTO: Crystal Ice Tower at the bottom. White Line Fever ...
Rock Climbing Photo: First Pitch
First Pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Base of climb - December 2008
Base of climb - December 2008

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By Eriks Rozners
From: Binghamton, NY
Feb 6, 2012
rating: WI4-

This is a great route for aspiring grade 4 leader. However, it can be stepped out so badly that it has a nickname Crystal Ice Ladder.
By Bill Kirby
From: Baltimore Maryland
Mar 23, 2013

Be sure to place a screw before topping out after big snows. Slides have knocked climbers off the top before.

I've climbed this when it's in 5 condition and when it's been more like a 3+. This route forms differently all the time.
By Robert Hall
Administrator
Mar 1, 2017
rating: WI4-

Crystal + White Line is just a wonderful alpine-like climb. Maybe some snow slogging for 30 ft at the top of P2, then 40-50 ft on the big ledge between top of P2 to get to base of P3.

Good Beta about putting in something at the top slab on P2. It would be a hell-of-a bounce-bounce-bounce smash down the slightly wandering path of P2.

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