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Grotto Falls 

WI3

   
Type:  Ice, 2 pitches, 200'
Original: WI3 [details]
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Submitted By: Jordan Ramey on Apr 23, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: From the base, looking at the top of the route

Description 

Grotto Falls is an excellent beginner route that usually has fat ice and the crowds to prove it. Climb the initial steep section to the prominent flow that eases in steepness. If the conditions are nice and fat, the curtain on the left, halfway up, forms and goes at about WI4. This curtain variation pitch can also be toproped with a bit of planning and on a slow day when no one else is lined up for the route. This would be rare though and should be avoided if others are waiting to climb the route.

Can be done in one long pitch.

Location 

Located at the end of the canyon, uphill right from His and Hers. Climb up a long pitch with a prominent step in the middle that some will choose to belay at. The top has several trees that often have cord on them. The middle step often has v-threads in place as well.

Protection 

Screws. A chain anchor is located at the halfway platform, but it ices over late in the season and a v-thread is needed to rap the route.


Photos of Grotto Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Farzad styling the top section of the left variati...
Farzad styling the top section of the left variati...
Rock Climbing Photo: TR'ing the left variation.
TR'ing the left variation.
Rock Climbing Photo: Farzad getting ready to head up the variation of G...
Farzad getting ready to head up the variation of G...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the left curtain of Grotto Falls
Starting the left curtain of Grotto Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the harder left curtain on Grotto Falls
Climbing the harder left curtain on Grotto Falls

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By Nick Sweeney
From: Spokane, WA
Feb 21, 2017
rating: WI2

This route is no harder than WI2 unless you take on the steep left side at the top. Plan on doing this in a single pitch - it's about a 45-50m lead and very easy. There is a set of bolts on the left on top of the first pitch and a tree anchor on left at the top.

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