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Cataract - 5.8

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 3.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


5.8 1350m (lV) 400m of 4th/low 5th class up lower of two parallel gullies leads to an incredible rappel down to lip of cataract. 20 pitches 4th class -5.8 lead to a glacial arete and on to the summit ridge near the gendarme.

Submitted by: giza on 2006-02-13
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Route ID: 74294

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Steve704 on 2016-08-20 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Cataract Arete

Adrian Surdu and I climbed The Cataract Arete on Mount Colonel Foster this past weekend. 14 hrs on the route. Managed to do it all in daylight thanks to Hunter's amazingly helpful beta which allowed us to find the rap anchor within moments of arriving. Solo'd the lower half of the route until after the rap when we roped up and pitched it out or simul-climbed for the upper half, which had some relatively decent rock considering its the east face of Foster. There were a few more decent belays than I thought there would be, but also more than a few not so great ones as well. Managed to finish the route literal minutes before dark, and were treated with the most amazing bivvy at the upper snowfield with running water. Awoke to rain and decided to quickly make our way up the snow field and down the Great West Couloir, but as we arrived at the first rap hesitated, and just then the rain stopped and we ended up going for it. Took a little bit of route finding but getting from the upper snow field to the Main Summit wasn't bad at all, and was pretty spot on from the guide's description for details and time. All in all a very long, committing climb, on an incredibly stunning feature, on a challenging peak, that was well worth the effort.

Added: 2016-08-25