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The Rookie Party 


Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 200'
Original: WI4 [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Fall/Winter
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Submitted By: Leroy on Nov 25, 2006

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Front pointing the upper portion of the Center Chu...


From a belay on the right side, climb up a short low-angle section to the crux, a leftward-ascending traverse. After that, cruise WI3 for the next hundred something feet. If the Center Chute, the couloir up and slightly left of the ice is looking firm, find a line through shattered rock and traverse in. We climbed another 200' up and slightly right from the steep ice until we could make an easy traverse back left into the couloir.


The climb is at the top of the middle bowl on the north aspect of the Twins - gunner's left of Pipleine, a large couloir that falls from the summit of the West Twin. If continuing up Center Chute, you will top out in the small saddle between the East and West Twins. The easiest descent is to go a couple hundred yards east to the top of the East Twin and descend north down the ridge towards Hidden Peak. This is the ascent route when Snowbird permits skiers to access the Twins through its winter permit area.


A rack of screws and maybe a pin or two if you continue higher and keep the rope out. When we climbed it in early November of 2006, it took big screws to full depth. There is and old, two-pin anchor on top of the left side of the flow at about the 200' mark. There was also solid ice right below this anchor for a screw back up and/or abalokov rap anchor.

Photos of The Rookie Party Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate Smith on the sharp end...
Nate Smith on the sharp end...
Rock Climbing Photo: Base of the the Rookie Party
Base of the the Rookie Party
Rock Climbing Photo: Brewer leading The Rookie Party
Brewer leading The Rookie Party
Rock Climbing Photo: The Rookie Party and Center Chute - November 2, 20...
The Rookie Party and Center Chute - November 2, 20...

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By James Garrett
Jan 14, 2007

Nice pictures up a nice looking climb. I had also always wondered about that chunk of ice? Was the photo on the right taken after climbing the lower ice curtain or was it climbing the curtain? What is the angle where you are soloing?
By Leroy
From: Cottonwood Heights
Feb 3, 2007

The photo on the right is near the top of the Center Chute, well above the lower water ice curtain. With this seasons low snowfall, the final ice patch up high is still visible. The angle in the upper chute where we soloed was your standard 45 to 50 degrees easy crusin'.
By bsmoot
Nov 27, 2008

Wow! I wanna do this climb.
By paintrain
Jul 2, 2009

Any poaching beta would be appreciated. It looks fun. Nice work.

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