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Ferrato stickin' it to the 7th Tentacle - Jan. 24,...
The precursor to Jeff Lowe's famed Octopussy, The Seventh Tentacle demands power and precision through the initial crux section and endurance to safely deliver you to the anchors. Hang on tight as you hook your way through the opening moves and into the security of the drip!
Behind The Fang is The Frigid Inseminator that begins with three bolts. Just left lies The Seventh Tentacle with its lone bolt. Begin to the right of it, gain a horizontal and trend left to the bolt. Having wisely packed the yellow Alien, go ahead and place it five feet up and left of the bolt (slot is obscured from ground). Failure to Alienate and levitate may yield a pin-cushioned belayer...beware! Delicately mount the anemic ice, in anticipation of a much-needed screw, and swing your way to the anchors.
1 bolt, yellow Alien (5/8 inch), Spectre, stubby and medium screws to a 3 bolt anchor. 80 feet.
Gordo gaining the ice, 3/11/4.
Nice ice, 3/11/4.
Pulling up onto the ice.
[Seventh Tentacle], 2/25/2007.
May have started on Frigid's bolts...not sure. Fun...
Steve setting a toprope for my first ice climb.
Cool start moves!
Getting on the start of the ice.
|Comments on Seventh Tentacle
|By Colin Coulson|
Mar 24, 2003
7th Tentacle was in FAT as of 3/24/03. The ice came to about 3ft of the bolt... no need to "alienate." Great stemming out to climbers left into a suspended curtain. Easier than posted though. Frigid Inseminater came in wet and weak, covering the third bold with shatty ice. Some of the best hooking placements were covered in the mank. Either be prepared to excavate the placements, try your luck with the poor ice, or move out right onto interesting terrain (little slopey). Overall, a great time to climb...hurry, it's getting warm! 3/23-24/03
|By Leo Paik|
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 12, 2004
Beware of how the biner lies on the bolt with the link in place. It seems to set up the biner to get cross-loaded. It may be safer to clip the link. That is, if you should fall on it.