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Jaws 

WI5

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus: WI5 [details]
FA: Bradley White, Tom Bowker, 1987
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bradley white on Jul 24, 2009

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Jaws-Photo by Tom S.

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Description 

Climb up W3 ice 20ft. and put in some strong protection as high up as you can and long sling it. Step down until you can mount left onto the wide free standing pillar. Climb vertically diagonal up and left until you run out of ice equal height to the two screws. Screw curtain and move left. Again go up and protect yourself under the ceiling before exiting left. Dry point exit onto flat belay ledge. Dry pointing when I ice climbed wasn't a terminology and it included creative aid. It's straight forward ice climbing until there is no more ice. Last of the ice is fragile and aid was used to place the pin. There are no cramped inclining ceiling moves on this dry pointing across, just vertical traversing on ice, That's not easy. Rarely in thick enough to climb.
It was the pinnacle of my experience at leading ice. Aid was used in placing the medium large Tri-cam high, beyond any tool placement and then the pin I used to safeguard and weighted, before I mantled off the climb. The practical joke was on me, the pin came out in Tom's hands seconding. If he had a problem with this climb, it was afternoon sunlight in his eyes. It is better to do this one in the morning.

Location 

Furthest right side of Orange Crush wall, adjacent to a ramp on the right.

Protection 

Ice screws, trad gear especially useful to me was the large Tri-cam I put into the ceiling before exiting the climb. Don't forget some long slings. There is a fist crack here (top of rock route 'Buried Treasure') that is climbable to the top of cliff. We rappelled off of stoppers.


Photos of Jaws Slideshow Add Photo
Jaws is midway on the ledge. It is the free standi...
BETA PHOTO: Jaws is midway on the ledge. It is the free standi...
The curtain was giant when I led it. This is my be...
The curtain was giant when I led it. This is my be...
Tom starting up the pillar on Jaws in fat conditio...
Tom starting up the pillar on Jaws in fat conditio...

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By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jan 6, 2013

Is this between the rock climbs Captain Hook and Purple Microdot?
By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Jan 27, 2013

Yes, and it goes further left to finish past Fish Hooks (according to Ward's guidebook map and route descriptions).
By Tom Bowker
From: somewhere in the USA
Apr 2, 2013

A really impressive FA and IMHO one of Rumneys hardest ice climbs.
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Jan 9, 2015

Needs some better photos.
By will ar
From: Boston, MA
Mar 1, 2015

Climbed this route today and it was in great shape. After reading Bradley's description and looking at his photo I think we did a slightly different variation. There are now two bolts on the roof for a rock route which can be clipped if you want to traverse over directly from the top of the pillar and up to a ledge with a bolted anchor.
By Mark NH
From: 03053
Mar 2, 2015

Watched Will lead this yesterday walking down from Learning Disabilities - was impressive to watch and was one damn good lead!
By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Mar 6, 2015

the ice flow has weakened towards the curtain and increased to join the gully ice. Plenty of the jaw is out there to keep the climb venturesome. Bolts I would have clipped them had they been there. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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