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Orson's Tower 

WI3+ PG13

Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'
Original: WI3+ PG13 [details]
FA: Kevin MudRat Mackenzie, Nolan Huther 2016 March 5
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Submitted By: Kevin MudRat MacKenzie on Mar 7, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: FA of Orson's Tower by MudRat and Nolan Huther.


This is the first documented ice climb on the Haystack side of the gorge-an aesthetic route from afar and up close. The crux comes early as a vertical pitch climbs under an overhanging cedar to the left of a small buttress. Rest on a terrace below a curtain (or bulges to the left) that finish the climb.

There's a killer view of the Panther Den Wall across the way, perhaps one of the best vantage points of this wall in the gorge.


Bushwhack south about 500 feet from the Phelps Trail/Haystack intersection keeping left and above the central drainage. There are 3 free-standing pillars first described by guide Orson Schofield Phelps about 50 feet south of the ice flow.


Rock pro on the left below the cedar, but if it's fat only screws are needed.

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By Nolan Huther
From: Clarkson University
Mar 7, 2016

Some awkward ice climbing for only a WI3. The moves through the cedar section made me wish there were a WI3++ grade to give it! Rather aesthetic route, though.

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