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Type:  Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'
Original: M6+ [details]
FA: Andy Sterns and Matt Klick
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter
Page Views: 620
Submitted By: Matt Klick on Jan 28, 2013

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Andy Sterns (Fairbanks, AK) leading over the last ...


P1: A striking crack takes solid tool cams but with sketchy feet, especially as it moves out of a shallow alcove. A hand jam might help here. It's a cruxy start! Then get better tool strikes on hummock/dirt and chockstones above, with a rest halfway up. Make a few more moves in the crack before angling slightly left on good hooks and up over a small roof to a tree belay. It is sustained, pumpy, and engaging climbing.

P2: Immediately above the tree belay is an obvious, black corner. This is thin! It requires more delicate face climbing with adequate pro, but small, and sometimes hidden. Power over the last roof to snowy ledges and another tree belay.


This climb faces south but is located on what is otherwise N-S cliffs slightly uphill and south of the winter trail between Nymph and Chaos. We followed a skin track that heads over to lower Chaos and up. In this case, the cliff would be on your right, and Shaqtoolik around the first corner you'd encounter.


P1: eats up all sorts of cams - mostly 0.75s, 1s, 2s, and a 3 (a 0.75 protects the last few roofs moves to the belay - a big evergreen on a ledge).

P2: is more delicate - smallest Aliens and small nuts before a chockstone or horn sling before pulling onto the ledges and another tree belay. The pro is not always obvious.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cliff as spied from the L-Hand skin track from Nym...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Shaqtoolik P1.
BETA PHOTO: Shaqtoolik P1.

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By j wharton
Mar 10, 2013

This is a nice little route with a quick approach. Thanks for posting it, Matt and Andy! The first pitch seemed like well protected M6-ish climbing, although we had the benefit of a very sunny day, which let us hand jam without issue. The second pitch (maybe M5-ish) is a bit heads up, especially with the ledge so close below. A piton, or beak, might be nice, and would make the pitch safe. There's potential for a very hard, steep, trad protected M-route just to the left of this route.
By Matt Klick
Mar 11, 2013

Thanks, Josh, for climbing it and a reality check on grading (a taste we're still acquiring) -- as well as adding some beta on the tricky P2! Hope to keep seeing you guys around the Park.
By Captain America
From: Longmont, CO
May 1, 2017

Great route, though I felt it a little sandbagged. The first pitch is super pumpy and without hand jams is solid M7. It was chilly when we did it. If Bullett is M6+, this is a grade harder with a slight overhang on tools and just as thin feet. P2 is A short but fun climb, wouldn't want to test the gear though!

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