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Type:  Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350', Grade II
Original: WI4 [details]
FA: Amos Clifford and Steve Tucker, early 80's (?)
Season: Winter - depends on snow year
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Submitted By: Mike Stearns on Sep 3, 2013

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Erik leading the steep third pitch

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Pitch 1: Approach slab, we found it thin, but low angle.
Pitch 2: Climb up a stepped gully and belay in an overhang right of the route. Te steps are the physical crux of P1, getting to the belay was the mental crux. WI3+
Pitch 3: Steep attached pillar that eases the higher you go. WI4

Bail from the top of P3 via v-threads, or:

Pitch 4–?: Run up the upper slabs as far as you would like to go. We topped out the entire ridge and then slogged back to the trail.


Down canyon (west) from Moonage, on the right (north) side of the canyon as you approach.


Some short screws are probably a good idea for the lower pitch.

Enough v-thread material to get down.

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By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Sep 3, 2013

Cool, thanks for adding this! Just so nobody gets confused, it's on the right (south) side of the canyon.
By Mike Stearns
Sep 3, 2013

Thanks, I amended the description.
By Scott O
From: California
Nov 9, 2013

How far down canyon?
By Erik Harz
Dec 6, 2013

Hoppy's comes into view after about 20-30 min of walking up the trail towards the Watchtower. The beta photo was taken from the trail facing right (south).
By Amos Clifford
Mar 18, 2015

Possibly the FA was by me (Amos Clifford) and Steve Tucker, sometime in the early 80s. Steve named the route. He led the hard parts (as usual when he and I climbed together). I had a conversation once with Dwight Kroll about this; he had climbed it via the pillar that sometimes forms on the left, and it's possible that his ascent was earlier than ours. His was also probably a more difficult line, although when Steve and I did it the ice was very thin and brittle and breaking apart behind the curtain at the base of the third pitch. On another occasion I went to climb it during a wet snowstorm and got hosed pretty hard by a small wet snow avalanche sloughing out of the bowl above. I was leading the second pitch and a bit run out, but managed to hug the ice and not get swept away. After the avalanche I continued climbing, but was narrowly missed by another one about 10 minutes later. After that my partner (his first time ice climbing) and I decided it was a better day for skiing.
By Mike Stearns
Mar 18, 2015

Amos, thanks for the information and awesome story!

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