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Vanquished (Powell Peak) 

WI5 M5

Type:  Mixed, Ice, 5 pitches, 1000', Grade IV
Original: WI5 M5 [details]
FA: Michael Bearzi and Bill Myers, 1991
Season: Spring or Fall
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Submitted By: Chris Sheridan on Apr 13, 2006

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Spectacular tight runnel on Jennings/Cooper.


Four or five pitches of excellent mixed climbing on thin slabs, steep faces, corners and chimneys. We climbed the route in spring as many guidebooks describe as the best season, however I've run into folks who say its better in the fall.

Pitch 1- Climb up thin ice on a low angle face. Belay at a large flake wrapped with webbing. WI5 M5 190ft

Pitch 2 – Climb easy mixed terrain then a large left facing corner of 85 deg. Ice. Belay in an alcove below a vertical chimney. WI4 M3 160ft

Pitch 3 – Climb a vertical chimney with thin ice on the left and good rock pro on the right. Traverse left under a chalkstone roof at the end of the pitch. WI5 M5 100ft

Pitch 4 – Climb up to and over an ice bulge which tops out onto low angle terrain. WI5 ?ft


From the Glacier Gorge trailhead, hike to Sky Pond, i.e. the same approach as for the Petit Grepon. Due South of Sky Pond is a large buttress. If you're lucky, Vanquished will be there.


Standard mixed route for a thinly iced climb. Bring plenty of pins (I didn't bring enough) as many of the good cracks were choked with ice.

Photos of Vanquished (Powell Peak) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down Pitch 2 of Jennings/Cooper.
Looking down Pitch 2 of Jennings/Cooper.
Rock Climbing Photo: Vanquished wall. October conditions.
BETA PHOTO: Vanquished wall. October conditions.
Rock Climbing Photo: Anti-Christ on pitch three.
Anti-Christ on pitch three.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Pitch 2 of Jennings/Cooper.
Looking up Pitch 2 of Jennings/Cooper.
Rock Climbing Photo: Vanquished butress with variation marked.
BETA PHOTO: Vanquished butress with variation marked.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Thompson following the third pitch of Vanqui...
Chris Thompson following the third pitch of Vanqui...
Rock Climbing Photo: Descending Vanquished.
Descending Vanquished.
Rock Climbing Photo: Vanquished Wall area of Powell Peak.
BETA PHOTO: Vanquished Wall area of Powell Peak.

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By Eli Helmuth
From: Ciales, PR
Mar 16, 2007

Having just skied off the divide nearby Vanquished this morning and having spent the last couple of weeks in RMNP above treeline, it seems very unlikely that there is a shred of ice on the Vanquished Wall. Potentially with this warm spell, some new moisture, and a cold front?, things could come into shape up there. Otherwise, it is pretty dry and cold up high, not ideal for ice formation.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 8, 2008

For those ice/mixed junkies, I invite you to look at The Inquisition route on this wall also. You may enjoy it, as well as a number of FA options in this area. Git-r-dun.
By Dougald MacDonald
Jun 10, 2008

Jack Roberts led a long variation to the first pitch of Vanquished on June 9, 2008. It's the big left-facing corner/chimney just left of the normal start. Moderately difficult mixed ground leads to a poorly protected thin-ice step, followed by strenuous liebacking with hands on rock and feet on thin ice, followed by a weird and insecure groove. The pitch arcs back to the right after the chimney and ends at a fixed anchor on Vanquished, about 120 feet off the ground. Very difficult to rate. Jack said it was "like an awkward 5.9 crack that doesn't let up." This MIGHT be a good alternative to Vanquished's ephemeral first pitch when that's not in. Then again, it might not.

Note: Topher Donahue has informed me that he led this pitch "about 10 years ago."

Vanquished was in good shape over the weekend and yesterday, but today's heat might have killed a few key sections. In addition, we (I) destroyed most of the ice at the hard bulge atop the fourth pitch, and I doubt it will rebuild this year. Sorry!

Gear note: Hexes are very useful on Vanquished's icy cracks, including a large hex (10 or 11 BD) and several medium sizes.

See photos at
By Ryan Jennings
May 28, 2010

Kevin Cooper and I climbed a possible new variation to the first two pitches of this on 5/25/10. Our route was to the right and climbed two excellent pitches of WI5 M5 before ending below a splitter crack with a pin in it's base. We discussed continuing up the crack but opted to stay on ice and used the pin to pendulum into the money pitches of Vanquished. A few photos were added.
By Kevin Landolt
From: Fort Collins, Wyoming
Jul 29, 2010

What an incredible route!

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