Comments: The rappel is straight forward. There are rings at the top of pitch 3. Two 60M ropes get you about 20 feet below the top of the second pitch. The second rap gets you about level with the top of the first pitch and those rings get you to the ground. 3 rappels total. All stations have rings.
I would say the 5.5 rating is correct. I felt Little Finger was harder than Chapel Pond Slab. Placing gear on Regular Route is casual where my calfs felt it whether placing or cleaning gear on pitch 3 of Li... more >>
Comments: Hey Ryan, Sarah is spot on! Whales is to the left of Lions. It's the thin slab of ice 20 feet to left of Lion's on the Beach.
What's cool about it? Whales is as tall as Lions but takes no gear.
Now you know where.. Time to get after it. Make sure hit Tromping in the Tulips afterwards. That's a 3+ too. The route is 75 feet to left of Whales. It starts with traversing climber's right up a ledge then across a tree keep right up to thin ice and frozen moss to the top. Rap down.. There's an an... more >>
Comments: One word.. Awesome! This route was usually fat at this time. A few dry tool moves at the beginning protected by a pin. low angle snow to good vertical ice (at this time) then comes the victory lap to the top. You end up climbing over a tree at the top. New rap anchor!
+1 Simon's comments. The mixed moves are easy but mandatory. You will be climbing better balanced if you stem off the rock on the middle section. This makes screw placements or cleaning much easier.