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Hells Bells - M4

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The Northwest Face of Bell Mountain (11,612 ft.) is cut by two large gully systems; separated by a steep fin or ridge of rock. "Hells Bells" II WI3, M4??, ascends the left gully and the upper section of the center ridge to where it conects with the North Ridge. This route is very temporary and will be found in condition during late winter through mid spring. Ascend steep snow below the Northwest Face to reach the bottom of the left gully. Climb a few hundred feet up this lower section on moderate steps of thin water ice mixed with some rock scrambling. The crux, WI3 - M4?, ascends a thin flow of ice and some tricky mixed terrain. Above this pitch, climb the winding couloir/chimney for several rope lengths on thin water ice with occational rock steps to reach a large bowl. At this point climb easy rock and snow up right to gain the crest of the central ridge, then climb the crest of this ridge to where it connects with the North Ridge. Follow the North Ridge to the summit. Complete info search

Submitted by: deanlords on 2003-08-04
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Route ID: 29367

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Onsight Onsight ascent by: deanlords on 2002-06-01 (View Climbing Log)

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Hells Bells is a great introduction to this type of mixed alpine climbing. Takes specific spring conditions for this route to form. But when in condition, Hells Bells provides an enjoyable day in the mountains. Be prepared for delicate climbing on thin ice!

Added: 2002-06-01