Scoping Ice for New Year’s Day

Took a walk to the Waterfall Wall this morning to see how things are developing. Good news: the Tempest side of the Waterfall is building. Soon, we will be able to climb a bit steeper ice on the starting pitch.

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The “normal” (i.e. easiest) route goes to the left. The Tempest variation climbs directly up the ice curtain.

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The Waterfall’s third pitch is fat enough to also provide more exciting climbing.

I climbed the first three pitches (admittedly, not taking the hard way), then followed the walk-off south until I could cut across to the base of the Slanting Cracks Wall. I hoped to find a feasible new route running up along the base of the steep cliff guarding access to the Black Arches Wall. There were a few possibilities, but nothing I felt confident soloing, so I continued, walking up along the cliff base, then cutting across the landslide area beneath the Pinnacle Overlook Block.

 While beside the Pinnacle, I stopped to take some pictures. First, looking over to the Isobuttress section of the BAW.

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The BAW Portal (3 – 4) is left of center, Isobuttress Left (2+) is to the longer one to its right.

Turning around, I snapped one into the sunlight, looking up at the South Corner Cliff. There’s some wild ice to climb there, but it looks pretty sun-baked in spots.

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Looking up at the South Corner Cliff’s abundant, but sun-baked, ice flows.

I reached the BAW path and began walking out, breaking off for awhile to climb up to Blueberry Ledge and have a look-see. Todd Paris’ route Mme. Blueberry may well yield a narrow, exhilirating ice route. I gave it a short stab, but deemed it a bit too much without a belay.

After that, it was time to head homeward. Having come around the lee of the mountain, a chill, steady breeze hurried me down and off the slopes, onto Sky High Road, and from there back to my house.

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