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Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 4, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
What's the rating on it anyways? Must not be any harder than wi4-5 with some runout sections maybe? It's the objective danger and conditions that is the crux, or there is some hard climbing there too?
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
I don't believe there was a rating system for ice when we climbed it.

By this system:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_climbing

I'd say WI3 or WI4

But that system doesn't seem to consider conditions, and the poor protection and fall potential bad conditions can create.


Like I said earlier, it's either climbable or unclimbable.


Get up there and rate it for us!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
It was F*#KING ICY THERE YESTERDAY!
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
I gotta admit, even after all these years, I still get excited whenever it gets climbed. Its such a rare and beautiful climb. Kevin and I were so lucky to get the FA...and survive the experience! Kevin pegged it: rarely will you ever find it in ideal conditions. Probably the closest was in 78 when Dale and Ron did the second ascent and Ed Barry and I did the third. It was so good. Unbelievable really. A complete change from what Kevin and I experienced. I just had to do it again. It was a cold snowy winter that year. Several feet of snow in the Valley floor. The approach was horrendous. I remember once flailing in snow up to my armpits crossing snow covered talus. The drainage from the heavy snow helped it fill in really nicely. Kevin and I did it in mid Feb. of 1975 and the ascents in 1978 were also done in mid Feb. Seems rather late in the year for ice climbing. Goog job Greg and Jason!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Hi Mark!

I second your feelings about it, and also a hearty congrats to the brave team who just topped out.
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
Happy New Year Kevin! Hope you are well. Our ascent was perhaps my (our?)most memorable climbing experience.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Warbler, I was just asking about the ratings to see if it is even worth it for me to bug anyone to walk over to the base and look at it with me. I am fairly new to ice, but like it and obtained more confidence after my last trip. Not Yosemite, but a beautiful spot. I think I took some ok photos there too, check it out if you like TRs: http://vividrea1ity.blogspot.com/2013/01/hyalite-my-post-christmas-break.html
Will post here after I load more pics to the site, it is annoyingly slow....
Anyway, it is such a good feeling to feel like something that seemed WAY THE HELL ABOVE me, as MAYBE possible. Right time, right partner, good luck, and maybe one day....would love to do that climb on the Watchtower too. Did many of you do that one too? Seems cool.

Congrats on FA Chappy!
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
that climb is out of there...you gotta be on it at the right moment

prolly gonna happen again this season

hummmmm....
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
real deal bump. thanks for the real (deal) history too.
WTF

climber
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:17am PT
A chossicle has formed.

Big balls on those two men.

chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:41am PT
"I remember once flailing in snow up to my armpits crossing snow covered talus"
Had to really want it to go through that eh chillywip? That's history right there!
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
looks to be building nicely, heres a few pics from today (1/5/13), thought i might even see someone on it
but not today
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
the curtain that fell out around a week ago is filling in
the curtain that fell out around a week ago is filling in
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
David Wilson

climber
CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
That looks pretty doable right now Dan. Great pics ! Unfortunately, I was always scared shitless on ice, so I'm a non contender.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
looks soooo gooood
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 5, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
sure does look good
heres another little morsel, just left of pulpit rock, looks like fair kicks
cant remember hearing of anyone ever doing it, never really noticed it before???
perhaps this will be a good ice year!
Credit: mctwisted
WBraun

climber
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
That thing is death right now.

The cloud cover is on tonight .

It's getting warm from the next front rolling in right now..

Everything is melting.

You're gonna die .....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
we're all gonna die, Werner...
David Wilson

climber
CA
Jan 5, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
That thing by pulpit cuts and you'd have a fast ride into the Merced.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 5, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
If it survives the storm, it'll be even better right afterward.

I think it's your turn, Werner

Sharpen those points and kiss yer ass goodbye
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jan 6, 2013 - 09:14am PT
Werner doesn't give a fk about no runout!

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/106626733

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