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WI4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 140'
Original: WI4 [details]
FA:  Allain Comeau, Paul Durand, Michael Medvin and Mark Meche 1/21/96
Page Views: 491
Submitted By: Jeremy A on Jan 12, 2015  with updates from Paul Durand

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BETA PHOTO: Looking up the WI4 pitch after a warm streak in Fe...

Description 

This is a great route that offers a challenge if you want to pass time while waiting for Upper Hitchcock. Depending on conditions it is tough to leave the ground as the first 30 feet is usually thin and deceiving. Most parties will do this in 2 pitches. Climb the first half to a shelf and build an anchor (Ice is not present in some years). Continue up a steep corner stemming or what ever may work for the conditions. Exit and use a tree anchor.

Location 

This route is located in the corner 20' left of Upper Hitchcock. Climb Lower Hitchcock Gulley or Left Hand Monkey Wrench. Continue left to Upper Hitchcock. You can easily hike up and right eventually meeting up with the Upper Hitchcock summit trail. Follow trail to the AMC or rappel via lower Hitchcock.

Protection 

Screws. (2) 60 meter ropes will get you to the ground off the rappel anchor (Tree with rings).


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Rock Climbing Photo: Upper pitch of Rear Window
Upper pitch of Rear Window
Rock Climbing Photo: Following up the WI4 pitch.  Ice was thin but the ...
Following up the WI4 pitch. Ice was thin but the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jon in the upper corner.
Jon in the upper corner.

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By Ben Townsend
Jan 30, 2017

The WI4 rating apparently comes from a steep, optional final pitch above the corner. If done as described here, without the final pitch, the route is more like 3+.

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