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Moonlight - 110m WI4 - dec 8
Had a go at Moonlight on a very frigid day.
The approach is about an hour, so please consider that when you're hiking in, wondering where the climb is. The hiking trail in is currently great, despite all the recent snow.
At time of writing, the climb is in very good condition, despite the ice being hard as concrete. The cold temps (mid -20's) has everything that needs to be fat, fat, and made it necessary to get 5-6 swings for a good stick. Fortunately the feet are great, and plenty of screw placements.
There's a new V-thread at 10m from top of the first pitch for a retreat option.
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this house of sky - 550m WI3 - nov 17 / Dec 1
Low on Pitch 7
Went in for what might be the season's first ascent of THOS on the 17th, and returned for another go on December 1st. We climbed it in full, up to the amphitheater, and continued on to the amphitheater ridgeline on the east side on Dec 1.
The climb is nice at the moment, as it's not hooked out at all. Fresh ice capable of taking good screws is present on all 10 pitches.
The parking area we all used to know and love is no more. You can however pick your way up the creek bed beyond GBU, and park at the drainage that holds the climb. You're not really extending your approach this way.
No real need to place screws if you're confident enough. If you are still working on it (we all start somewhere), then I'd suggest a max of 4 - it would be plenty. :)
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Activity in 2013:
January 5: Beowulf - 650m WI4
January 5: The Devil's PunchBowl - 40m WI4
January 12: Heart Creek Smears - 25m WI2-3
January 19: This House of Sky - 550m WI3
January 19: THOS Amphitheater - 100m WI4
Feb 2: Albatros - 110m WI3 solo
Feb 9-10: Columbia Icefield ski touring
Feb 16: Elk Pass XC skiing
Feb 17: Haffner Creek - 15m WI3-4
Feb 17: Grotto Falls - 55m WI3 solo
Feb 23: Grotto Falls - 55m WI3
Feb 23: Hers Pillar - 15m WI3+/4
March 9: Chilkoot Pass - 300m WI4
March 10: Valley of the Sun - 300m WI3/3+
March 16: Duped on Dubh - 600m WI2 5.6
March 23: The Professor Falls - 280m WI4
March 29: Upper Wasootch - 25m(x3) 5.9-5.10a
April 1: Guides Rock - Aftonroe - 216m 5.7
April 1: Guides Rock - Cheesegrater - 50m 5.8
April 14: Yamnuska - Grillmaire in a snowstorm!
April 28: Mt. Lawrence Grassi
May 5: Yamnuska - Grillmaire Chimney
May 11: Mt. Athabasca North Face (attempt)
May 12: Mt. Athabasca North Ramp (attempt)
June 8: Eisenhower Tower SE ridge - II 5.6
June 15-16: Mt. Harrison (Attempt) - SW face II
July 13-14: Mt. Fisher
July 27: Dan's Delight - 410m 5.6
July 28: Mt. Victoria - NE Ridge (III)
August 1-6: Mt. Robson attempt
August 8: Mt. Indefatigable North and South
Aug 24-25: Search and Rescue Basics training
Sept 7-8: Search and Rescue Basics training
Sept 15: Tower of Babel scramble
Sept 18-27: Advanced Wilderness First Aid training
Oct 3: Plains of Six Glaciers Tea House
Oct 12-13: Mt. Ball (attempt)
Oct 18: RundleHorn 250m, 5.5 (sport)
Oct 22: Mother's Day Buttress 330m, 5.7 (gear)
Nov 4: King Creek main flow 35m, WI2
Nov 11: The Joker 50m, WI3
Nov 17: This House of Sky 550m, WI3
Nov 24: Rawson Lake hike
Dec 1: This House of Sky 550m, WI3/4
Dec 8: Moonlight 110m, WI4
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