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Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 160'
Original: WI5 [details]
FA: Paul Kuenn. Mid 1980's
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Submitted By: LanceSullins on Feb 21, 2012

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February 2012 - very lean ice year and no shelf ic...


A very spectacular route frozen to the bluff above Lake Superior. We saw a picture of this route in a guide, but it wasn't named. Top roped it by lowering in from the top 2/2012 and it was in good shape and in all the way to the water line with no shelf ice.


Just east of Grand Portal Point. Like most climbs in the area you can't see it from above but from a prominent point to the east is can easily be surveyed.

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TR from trees above or (for the really brave) rap to the water and pull the rope and lead on screws.

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By LanceSullins
From: Ridgway, CO
Feb 23, 2012

Does anyone know the name of this route? I had seen a picture in Jon J's guide and I'm almost certain he labeled it as "unclimbable" with no other description. Any info would be appreciated to make the route description here correct.
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison, WI
Mar 9, 2012
rating: WI5

I didn't say "unclimbable" I said "Another unnamed and unclimbed route??" The comment was meant to stir someone hike the 7+miles out there and do it! It has been TR'd, but has anyone lead it?
By LanceSullins
From: Ridgway, CO
Apr 5, 2012

I stand corrected, thanks Jon. It was absolutely worth the 7+ miles we hiked to climb this route!
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison, WI
Jul 5, 2012
rating: WI5

Stoked you did it! F'n awesome piece of ice for the midwest. Also named this season.."HMR" but still not sure if anyone has actually lead it.
By wankel7
From: Indiana
Jun 25, 2013

I saw this in the April 2013 Outside Magazine.
By mike dziobak
Jan 24, 2014

Matt Abbotts and I think we have the first lead on 01-22-14. It was a hard and beautiful climb out in the middle of nowhere. The lake ice is in although difficult to walk on and the Chapel rd is plowed to within about 4 miles of Chapel beach. There is a small pullout off Chapel Rd. It's plowed because of logging so if you park there leave plenty of room for the logging trucks to get by.
By Bogdan P
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 8, 2015
rating: WI5

Saying this is WI4 (the current consensus) is criminally sandbagging people. Was on it on Saturday, and it could have been WI6 if I'd picked the 100+' pillar a bit to my left. As it was I had chandeliers to deal with. That would be a first for me on a "WI4" route.
By jon jugenheimer
From: Madison, WI
May 27, 2016
rating: WI5

FA: Paul Kuenn. 1980's. The lake was frozen, skied out from the beach. One Wooden tool Piolet, one short tool. Bad Ass. Originally named "Singing in the Rain" It was a late March ascent....

Renamed HMR post 2012 or 13? Ice fest party weekend...Long story, find a man named Ross, he might just tell you all of it...or maybe not

As far as the grade, I have done it in WI 4+ conditions into 5/6 conditions. I believe the earlier in the season you get on it, the easier it can be. The wall really isn't all that steep, but the route fills out from the top down as the season progresses into a steep piece of ice! I believe the overall grade should be WI5 as that is what it averages at when it is formed.

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