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North Face Var. 

WI4 M4

   
Type:  Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, Grade III
Original: WI4 M4 [details]
FA: Old School? or Jon Jugenheimer & Kendra Stritch
Season: spring or fall
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Submitted By: jon jugenheimer on Mar 1, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: The line is the obvious line of white left of the ...

Description 

A few hundred feet left of the classic North Face finish a streak of water ice will sometimes form to provide another interesting exit from the face onto the ridge above.

The line is one rope length long from the top of the steeping ice/snow face below. Climb the snow/ice through the lower rock outcroppings and set a belay to the left of the line with good with rock gear. The line isn't that steep, with possible run outs if the ice is thin. The top belay above the ice/mixed pitch was almost non existent, as I found a slot for one nut in the frozen rocks and used a rock rib to sit on and squeeze with my legs to belay from.

One more rope length to the ridge line and you are on the top!

Descend any of the regular options, AA col or back down the regular Athabasca route.

Protection 

Screws/snow pickets for the opening ice or snow face to the rock bands. A small rack, including pins and stubbies will get you up the one pitch of real climbing.

No pics yet, can't find them in my files...damn!


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