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California Ice - WI4

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One of the largest continuous ice climbs in North America, it can have up to 2000 feet of ice if you hit it just right. Hike down the East Rosebud trail about a mile until a small creek crosses the trail. Follow this up and left into a deep couloir with 500-1000 foot walls on each side. Climb many WI2-3 steps(1200 feet) until you reach the headwall which is a massive 2 pitch WI4. Climb the first pitch, stretching your rope to a hanging belay. Climb the next pitch getting to a large ledge. Climb the next WI4-3 pitch up to another big ledge. (descent1) Continue up another fee hundred feet to the top of the plateau, climbing a total of almost 3500 feet mostly on ice. Descend back down to the top of the third pitch from the base of the Headwall.

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On top of the third pitch from the base of the headwall it is easy to escape right and then down a couloir(avi danger!!) doing just one rappell and then hiking down the couloir until it splits between left and right. The right will take you directly to t

Submitted by: Mantanamon on 2013-01-31
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Route ID: 113239