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Type:  Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350', Grade II
Consensus: WI4 [details]
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Season: Winter - depends on snow year
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Submitted By: Michael Stearns on Sep 3, 2013
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Erik leading the steep third pitch

Description 

Pitch 1: Approach slab, we found it thin, but low angle.
Pitch 2: Climb up a stepped gully and belay in an overhang right of the route. Te steps are the physical crux of P1, getting to the belay was the mental crux. WI3+
Pitch 3: Steep attached pillar that eases the higher you go. WI4

Bail from the top of P3 via v-threads, or:

Pitch 4?: Run up the upper slabs as far as you would like to go. We topped out the entire ridge and then slogged back to the trail.


Location 

Down canyon (west) from Moonage, on the right (north) side of the canyon as you approach.


Protection 

Some short screws are probably a good idea for the lower pitch.

Enough v-thread material to get down.



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By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Sep 3, 2013

Cool, thanks for adding this! Just so nobody gets confused, it's on the right (south) side of the canyon.

By Michael Stearns
Sep 3, 2013

Thanks, I amended the description.

By Scott O
From: California
Nov 9, 2013

How far down canyon?

By Erik Harz
Dec 6, 2013

Hoppy's comes into view after about 20-30 min of walking up the trail towards the Watchtower. The beta photo was taken from the trail facing right (south).