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  • Step Right Up 2019

    Sun 17-Feb-2019

    Cold temps, late start, half a day. Seemed a good idea. Pleasantly surprised to find it in great shape. Very little sun effect on the climb. Left side was easier and fun. Middle had some featured ice and a small overhang down low. Right side had a lot of water cascading and making a huge amount of chandelier and new ice. I wouldn't recommend trying to lead the groove on the right as it featured poor highly chandeliered ice that would be a bitch to get solid screws, however just left of the groove was steeper, better ice that protects better.

    I saw a single bolt around knee height on the right wall at the base and about 3-4m back. I imagine its been placed as a clip in to stop a belayer getting dragged forward but it also works to tie off the ropes to keep them away from wet ice. It looked pretty new and shiny and could easily get covered in snow.

    Approach was good but crampons or micro spikes would make the ice steps about 2/3 way in much easier than pussy footing past them.
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