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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b M5 R

   
Type:  Trad, Mixed, 5 pitches, 3200', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b M5 Steep Snow R [details]
FA: Austen Beason, Ben Ammon
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Grimpeur on Apr 25, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Looking up from the top belay of the 2nd pitch tha...

Description 

Origami snakes its way through the main weakness in Mt. Crested Butte's prominent southwest face up couloirs and rock faces. We only belayed 2 pitches, but more would be reasonable.

At the top of the chute, climb 40' up the first steep choke in the couloir. Above climb into the (climber's) right of two main couloirs with a large rock rib between them.

At the first choke in the right couloir, begin moving up left onto the face of the rib linking incipient cracks and seams, belay on the top of the face on the ridge line, 120', M5.

Climb up the ridge through a short, thin slab crux (hard in crampons), and reach a ledge before the ridge steepens again. Traverse into the left couloir just above obvious, large chockstones where the couloir becomes lower angle.

Follow moderate snow for ~200' before another larger steep choke. Look for blocky, flaky terrain to climber's left, and climb the path of least resistance up to the ridge crest, 150', 5.6/7?

Follow the ridge a few hundred feet to the summit.

We descended to the lodge and hitch hike back to Skyland, but a more direct descent is feasible. Also, we had pretty dry spring conditions ice-wise, and so many of the chokes were bare or wet and just blank slabs. March or early April in a good snow year may provide more ice and better climbing for a more direct route up the couloirs. This is a fun route still and good for a modest day outing on alpine style terrain. If anyone knows about previous ascents or routes up this face, please let me know, as we will assume it was virgin terrain otherwise.

Location 

Origami is on the southwest face of Mt. Crested Butte; it is visible when driving into CB on CO Hwy 135 from Gunnison. Find the largest avalanche chute that comes down from the summit and through the main weakness in the large cliffs. Approach from the Skyland trail (exit at the golf course sign on CO Hwy 135) to the base of the chute (a very short hike to the base). Follow the chute for ~1000', and you'll reach the start of the climbing.

Protection 

Single rack up to BD #3, maybe a couple screws if there's more ice.


Photos of Origami Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Approximate line of Origami up the SW face of Mt. ...
BETA PHOTO: Approximate line of Origami up the SW face of Mt. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben pulling over the slab by crux of the 2nd pitch...
Ben pulling over the slab by crux of the 2nd pitch...
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying Ben up the first pitch out of the right c...
Belaying Ben up the first pitch out of the right c...
Rock Climbing Photo: The first mixed pitch we belayed moving up onto th...
The first mixed pitch we belayed moving up onto th...

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