|g. V3 - Middle Earth
There is a granite spire in the Bugaboos named Snowpatch Spire that has a permanent snowfield on it. The Snowpatch rock route passes just left of the snow. According to Swain, this was the inspiration for this climb’s name, which has a bit of white rock that looks like snow. We didn't notice it, maybe you will. Based on the water marks on the wall, it looks like it can be wet after rain. Having now climbed both routes, I will say the one in the Bugaboos is more memorable.
P1: Climb the corner and traverse right near a small mountain laurel below the pine tree with rappel tat and the ledge with a large block. It's your choice whether to go around right (easier, watch the rope drag) or through (harder, less drag). Continue up above the ledge past the second pine tree/rap station to a gear or tree belay at the GT ledge (140 ft.). 5.5
P2: Not really a pitch, more of a bushwhack up and left. Reposition the belay at the left end of a roof below a left-facing corner. (40 ft.) 5.1
P3: Climb the corner, then up the face to a large overhang. Bypass the overhang to the left and head up to the top (80 ft.). 5.5
Starts in a large, right-facing corner (with a 6" crack in back) at the left of the wall with Sente and Thin Slabs / Thin Slabs Direct. See the picture.
Standard Gunks rack. You don't need big gear for P1. There are small cracks.
BETA PHOTO: The start of Snowpatch
BETA PHOTO: Mark gets ready to traverse right on P1. Notice m...
Victim of ground fall?