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Polish Route 

Polish Route 


Type:  Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 1000', Grade III
Original: WI6 Steep Snow [details]
FA: Rogoz-partner, 2000
Season: Winter to early spring
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Submitted By: Jeff Hebert on May 6, 2015

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Polish Route - looking back up during our descent ...


Cross the bergschrund, which can be tenuous and involving a mixed traverse in from the right, to access the first pitch of ice.

Climb a long pitch of WI4+ to a snow slope and up to the crux pitch. The crux has steep ice for 30 feet or so, eases off, and then gets beneath a free-hanging dagger at WI6. Find a way onto the dagger and ascend to the top of the flow, easing to slightly off-vertical.

Climb a couple more steep ice steps and gain the upper snowfield, cutting between rock buttresses and then heading up and right to the summit.


In the middle of the North Face of Colfax Peak is an unmistakeable ice line, cutting straight through. Approach via the Coleman-Deming route and Heliotrope Ridge.


Ice screws and pickets. Pins can be helpful for the initial traverse.

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Rock Climbing Photo: On the crux free-hanging dagger
On the crux free-hanging dagger

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