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Feb 11, 2003
We climbed this route the day after Christmas. Took us about 90 minutes to get to the foot of the ice, and we passed a busted-up, scavenged buck deer carcass on the way. Sobering, but thankfully it didn't stink since it was frozen solid.
Four pitches of fun stuff, though first and third entailed quite a bit of wallowing in hip-deep snow (hip-deep on me, anyway; I'm 5' 4"). The steep sections on two and four were closer to WI 4 than to 3, but took good pro. What ice was exposed on one and three was nice. The surrounding country provided fantastic views as well.
Two rappels with paired 60m ropes, plus a few (like 10) feet of down 'climbing' put us right back at our packs. One more rappel after a 100' traverse wallow to the south let us miss a short wall of ice that would have provided more excitement than we wanted right then.
Good adventurous climb; good place to lose the crowds; good place to know how to rig your own anchors!
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