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Patience and Fortitude 

Patience and Fortitude 

WI3-4 M2

Type:  Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Original: WI3-4 M2 [details]
FA: Dale Apgar, Scott Rokis
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter
Page Views: 340
Submitted By: aleday on Jul 20, 2014

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Scotty on top of the couloir


There are two parts to the climb: the bigger, pure blue ice main flow [Patience], then a second, thinner, shallower, mildly mixed pitch [Fortitude] reached half-way down the descent gully on the right.

After the long(ish) skin in, gear up, then do some ice bouldering over a bulge to the base of Patience. Difficulty is dependent on conditions and line chosen but expect WI3-4 for ~60'. Either set up an ice screw anchor for good top-down photos and partner-heckling, or boot up the snow to a tree anchor. You can either simul-climb or solo easier terrain to the readily apparent descent gully on the climbers' left.

Half-way down the descent gully lies a shorter, thinner ice smear [WI 2-3] with a small mixed section on top. Bring rock pro if desired, but none was placed on the FA before reaching a tree anchor. From the top of Fortitude, hike climbers right until regaining the same descent gully as Patience.

Finish hiking down the descent gully through snow to your gear, grab lunch and skin/boot up the neighboring couloir for great views of Banner/Ritter and a fun ski down to the San Joaquin, and your long ski out.

What's in a name? Two straight Sierra draught years required certain elements in one's character, and a dotted-line resemblance to the Beaux-Arts NYC public library guardians...

Thoughts and a recount of the FA here:


Follow the description on Gladys Lake. Try to scout conditions from Mammoth Mountain before committing to the long(ish) approach. On the western flanks of the San Joaquin River, on the NE-facing cliffs ~ below Gladys Lake. Its exact location and climbing condition should be apparent during the skin in.


~6 ice screws, depending on your comfort level on ice. Bring a mix, from stubbies to 16cm.

Photos of Patience and Fortitude Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Patience: Fat, sticky and delicious
Patience: Fat, sticky and delicious
Rock Climbing Photo: Dale on Fortitude. Photo: Scott Rokis
Dale on Fortitude. Photo: Scott Rokis
Rock Climbing Photo: Scotty finishing up Patience
Scotty finishing up Patience
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Rokis during the FA on Patience
Scott Rokis during the FA on Patience
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo: Skiing on the left, ice on the right
BETA PHOTO: Beta photo: Skiing on the left, ice on the right

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