East Osceola Cascade
||Trad, Ice, Alpine, 2000', Grade III
|Original: ||WI2-3 [details]|
|FA: ||Bradley White, 1982|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Page Views: ||665|
|Submitted By: ||bradley white on Feb 3, 2012|
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View of cascade from the Kanc. slightly above Mt. ...
Climb the very long cascade when there isn't any or much snow on the ground. When it snow much it fills up with snow and isn't enjoyable. You can see it from the road. Thereby know if its ice or mostly snow. The view at the end is wonderful. All of the White mountains to the border of Maine and New Hampshire.Don't bother with it if you see it snowy white from the road. To see it you'll have to go up nearly to Livermore Pass, where Mt. Huntington is.
When you get to northern Greeley pond, take the East Osceola Trail about a mile up. There will be a junction where the trail goes right and the base of the cascade is visibly left or south nearby the the trail.
Fat ice and only a few screws are required for the three cruxes along the cascade. There will be some wAlking involved on the cascade's nearly level parts. The upper section W.I.1 thins out and then terminates with some snow or gravel. There are a few trees nearby at the top. I walked and down climbed it because you can choose your grade of ability on the waterfall sections. One section demands being able to down climb steep W.I.3. I did a no rope ascent (I consider all forms of ice,dry point climbing a form of aid climbing). It'll be a very long day to rappel this cascade unless you'd bring two 70mtr ropes.
BETA PHOTO: View from "Upper Pond" (1st pond from Ka...