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Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 160'
Consensus: WI3- [details]
FA: Jim Sweeney and Billy Day
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Submitted By: drmartindell on Oct 9, 2011

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Description 

Easy access, close to the road. Fun climb, many variations, easy to top rope if you want. Climb the first mini curtain to a bunch of alders, belay here if you have a hesitant second, other wise solo. Walk to the base of the large curtain. Climb the steepening ice to a few body lengths of WI3. Climb over the bulge to a small landing. Climb through the last column (8 10 feet) to fixed trees at the top. Keep in mind this climb gets a lot of sun.

Location 

Park at end of Saltwater Drive. Walk back towards the highway and look for trail on right. Follow trail to first rappel spot, rap down and the climb will be on your left in the corner. Start at the beach and climb moderate ice followed by a short curtain, followed by moderate ice to the base of the climb.

Protection 

Couple screws, a few long ones could be in order on warm days to find some solid ice. There are some permanent slings on trees at the top of the climb.


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By Dommelhiemer
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From: Anchorage
Nov 3, 2014
rating: WI3-

If your partner is uncomfortable soloing the first curtain, it's easy to build an anchor on the alders there. We unroped and walked to the base of the large curtain. We found the conditions to be rotten with poor screw placements.