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Giggles is the BWC Classic. Fun climbing with a variety of techniques. True handjams can be useful but are not necessary. There are a ton of cracks all going the same direction (UP), therfore, good routefinding skills are necessary.
- P1-5.5: Climb a short pitch through a variety of flaring cracks to a small belay ledge.
- P2-5.7: Climb and on the right side of the dihedral stemming, jamming, or face climbing. Finish up to the right of a pine tree (has some old slings).
- P3-5.7: Start out by moving above a dead tree (on the belay ledge) and to the right until a small crack is obtained. Straight up until the next belay ledge.
- P4-5.8: Start in the hand crack next to the left facing wall. This is the crux (and the best part of the climb IMO). Continue up and slightly left to the flaring cracks above. The next belay is hanging so pick a point and set your anchors.
- P5-5.7: Find a good crack and follow it to the top.
Note: all belays require gear for anchors! This could be done in 3 pitches by combining P1 and P2 and combining P3 and P4 and leaving P5 as a long pitch. Might need a 70 meter though?
Start at the large (southwest facing) wall just left of the notch. Giggles is found at approximately the middle of the wall, see topo.
A walkoff is found by going down and east, then eventually south to the "notch" If you go south too early there you will encouter difficult downclimbing that leads to a sheer wall. However, rap slings can be found for descent. Be careful, especially with a 60m rope.
Bring a standard rack. A couple of large cams may be useful, but medium/smaller pro can be found by the creative leader.
Hoskins on Pitch 1
Me halfway through the dihedral on Pitch 2
Hoskins starting Pitch 3
Looking up Pitch 3
Moving up Pitch 4. Look at that nice hand crack a...
Looking down Pitch 4. Nice exposure!
Hoskins placing pro on pitch 5
Me taking it in at the top
Hoskins enjoying the view of the valley.
A rap into the notch. A 70m helps
The steep loose notch going back to the BWC
Juli starting up Giggles
Fett and Rudster setting the rap into the notch.
Evening hike out of Big Willow Cirque
|By James Garrett|
Sep 8, 2008
Thanks for the great photos TK! Looks like you had a great trip after all the planning!
|By Tyler King|
From: Salt Lake, UT
Sep 25, 2008
Are you talking about the notch? If so, wow! It was scary to go down it when we were there. We left a large purple sling around a rock at the top and rapped down as far as a 70m would take us. There was also a ton of extremely dangerous rockfall on the talus that leads to the Lone Peak Cirque. Check out the pic on the Big Willow Cirque area page. Hmm...I wonder why there is so much activity up there...
From: Smog Lake City, Utah
Jul 20, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Digging it. Tyler’s photo-topo was spot-on. We ran pitches one and two together with a 70 meter rope and only had meters to spare- and part of pitch one was still deep under snow. We also rope-stretched pitches three and four together. Perhaps this wasn’t the best way to do it- I’d recommend combining pitches one and two, climbing pitch three (to the pine) and then running pitch four long to a small ledge on the right side of the upper face (in a small right facing dihedral). This would avoid the hanging belay which was less than comfy and leave a short 30 meter pitch to the top. Overall, pitches one and two were just ‘alright’, but pitches four and five were fabulous and made the route.
The new bolt atop the final pitch left me baffled (there was another older, odd bolt just right of the P2 belay). We followed the descent described by the Ruckmans which left us exactly at the notch without a rap. Dropping back into Big Willow was nasty- lots of fresh rubble, but [presumably] survivable. Some careful rapping off trees on the south side of the gully left us glissading back to camp still grinning from 600 feet of excellent climbing.
|By Tyler King|
From: Salt Lake, UT
May 26, 2010
The news of this new bolt is disappointing... I admit to have considered setting up some rappel stations somewhere on the wall, with the FA consent of course, to avoid the dangerous hike down. But a lone bolt!? What are people thinking?! Did they honestly place it on lead because they couldn't get any gear, or did they lower to place it? So many questions with only possible ridiculous answers!
From: SLC and Moab, ut
Oct 9, 2012
Didn't Giggle either. Just didn't really like it.
Pitch 1 was short, easy and uninteresting.
Pitch 2 was dirty loose and and finishes in a tree.
The hand crack is cool but too short, about 15 feet of climbing.
As far as the rest goes picking a crack and going that is a bit misleading. They are all flaring, full of veg and hiding loose rock. You need to pick the best of the worst that might offer some pro at a place that you can barely see from where you are standing.
Go to Bells or Lone Peak Cirque!