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The Littoral Zone 

WI3

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 350', Grade II
Original: WI3 [details]
FA: First Winter Ascent Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Jan 18, 2015

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P2 - Littoral Zone

Description 

P1 - Climb easily up the low-angle slab 75-80 feet (top section may be snow-on-rock) to the first overlap. Climb over this ("technical crux", especially in thin ice) and on to gradually thicker ice. 150-170 ft WI 3- / 3

P2 - Continue up WI 3 (actually was easier than it looked from below, something of an "ice anomaly"!) and trend right to a triple-trunked oak tree belay. 160-170 ft WI 3-

P3 (optional) a pitch of low-angle slab leads up and slightly left to the high-point of the slab in this area and a large pine tree with fixed anchor. 100 ft WI 2+ / 3-
From the top of P3, Rap from this tree back to the triple-trunked oak, or (probably BETTER) traverse to climber's left and down about 150-200 feet to the rap station at the top of "Livin Easy".

Descent - There are a some "issues" with the possible raps.

A) The triple-trunked oak is set as a rap station and Two 70m ropes should just about reach the ground, BUT pulling them through the low angle snow could present a serious problem.

B) The summer descent is from a double bolt anchor down on the top of the Perfect Wave slab BUT it will be covered in snow AND there's 10-12 feet of snow-on-rock-slab downclimbing to reach it. For the record, from the triple-trunked-oak the dbl bolts are about 20 ft to climber's right, and then down 20 feet, the last 10-12 feet being on snow-over-rock. From the bolts make a single rope rap directly down to the bolt/chains at the Silver Surfer belay (or the Perfect Wave flake) then a dbl rope rap to the ground.

C) We moved over the 20 feet, then down a bit and rapped off two smallish trees that were about 3-4 feet apart, to the double-bolt anchor on Silver Surfer's comfortable belay ledge, about 110-115 ft (35M) below (you could also reach the semi-hanging anchor on Perfect Wave, about 100 ft. down) From here (either station) a two-rope rap gets you to the ground.

Location 

Directly above where the climber's path reaches the cliff.

Protection 

The usual gear


Photos of The Littoral Zone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: "Screwing" at the 1st Overlap on Littora...
BETA PHOTO: "Screwing" at the 1st Overlap on Littora...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping Down to Silver Surfer's belay anchor. Note...
Rapping Down to Silver Surfer's belay anchor. Note...
Rock Climbing Photo: Thin Ice at 1st Overlap - Littoral Zone
BETA PHOTO: Thin Ice at 1st Overlap - Littoral Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: At the 1st Overlap - Littoral Zone
At the 1st Overlap - Littoral Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: Littoral Zone, descent possibilities. The "tr...
BETA PHOTO: Littoral Zone, descent possibilities. The "tr...

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