Rainbow Wall Ice
Place: Snow Creek Trail
Grade: WI 2/2+
Length: 25 m
Dave leading the pitch.
Cleaning the ice screws while down-climbing.
Emily climbing the popsicle!
The temperature was a lovely 15 degrees F and after the the
prolonged lead, anchoring and downclimbing time, my helmet had managed
to freeze to my hair. Lovely! The ice was a good 6 to 8 inches thick and
pretty solid. I threw in the mixed climbing rating due to the circus high-wire
act that was needed to reach a tree to ancor off of. First I had to traverse
across extreamly thin ice (about 2-3 cm) and cross a 5 foot section of
nearly smooth exposed rock. However, after not too much pants-wetting,
I was anchored to the tree. The downclimb was interesting because I had
to traverse back to where I came from and retrieve my last screw about
15 feet to my right. As you can see in the second picture, the potential
for swing was quite exciting daddy-o! There were plenty of other small
solo problems around, and another good 25-30 m waterfall in the immediate
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