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Left Wishbone 

WI3-

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 2000', Grade IV
Original: WI3- [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
Page Views: 2,151
Submitted By: Stephen Scoff on Dec 25, 2013

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Good conditions on the Left Wishbone. Jan. 2014.

Description 

20 minutes North of Crescent and Brown Creek Falls is a major drainage system. Scramble up the FIRST big drainage for about 15 minutes,through a massive pile of downfall, to the start of the ice (wide slab with a huge boulder up on the right). Walk, scramble and climb to the cool buttress where the Wishbones meet. Once at the buttress continue up, hugging the right side of the slide for a couple hundred more feet.

Start looking a short (6' tall) slab on the right side to exit the slide. Walk down the slab noticing sawed limbs for about 50'and then beginning heading up continuing to follow the sawed limbs and weaknesses through the rhodos. Please consider contributing to the trail work up there. Take this last bit to Celo’s summit, pick up the crest trail and head South, and then hang a left onto the Woody Ridge Trail.

Location 

See Crescent and Browns Creek Beta.

20 minutes North of Crescent and Brown Creek Falls is a major drainage system.

Protection 

screws and slings


Photos of Left Wishbone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew leading just over halfway up the 200ft gull...
Andrew leading just over halfway up the 200ft gull...
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Hawley crushing the first real "pitch&...
Andrew Hawley crushing the first real "pitch&...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the earlier sections of ice
One of the earlier sections of ice
Rock Climbing Photo: Same section as a few of the other photos posted, ...
Same section as a few of the other photos posted, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out, last 300ft are a rhodo whack to the s...
Topping out, last 300ft are a rhodo whack to the s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fattest section, WI2+  (Jan. 31, 2015)
Fattest section, WI2+ (Jan. 31, 2015)
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical section of the route (Jan. 31, 2015)
BETA PHOTO: Typical section of the route (Jan. 31, 2015)

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By J. Scott Thomas
Jan 6, 2014
rating: WI3-

I soloed this one last year, it was a blast! Look for the huge logpile at the bottom.
My conditions were different: nice fat ice down low that thinned progressively, until I was mostly scraping rock through a few inches of snow. This led to some real flavor up high.
It would be an awesome snow climb if we get a good dump.
By Jonathan Dull
From: Boone, NC
Mar 11, 2015
rating: WI2+

Climbed this route in February after a good snowfall (~8 in) w/ M. Dull. Route was mostly sections of WI2 with some snow trudging in between. You can spice up the difficulty in many sections and climb small steps of WI2+, WI3-. Upper sections involved a bit of mixed shenanigans through fresh powder. This route is very long and many of the "cruxy" sections aren't as easy to copout on as you would think. Definitely don't underestimate this climb and come prepared.
By munkeybog
From: Columbia, SC
Jan 5, 2016
rating: WI3-

Having just gushed about how good I think Crescent is in the world of moderate Alpine Snow/Ice/Mountain Ascents... I honestly believe LWB is better.
As Jonathan Dull alluded too, LWB climbs a narrower gully and dictates the climbing by what ice/snow is available. You can't cheat this route. LWB also naturally takes the climber to a significant summit, Celo Knob, and is MUCH MUCH longer than Crescent.

I carry a short rope for emergency retreat, but the route is moderate alpine ascent that doesn't lend itself to lead gear.