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Hitchcock - bolted line

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jbrd528:
Climbed Hitchcock gully yesterday and noticed a what looks like a new bolted mixed line on the left wall of the upper pitch. It starts about 35' farther up the pitch than Dial M for Murder. It looks to have 4 bolts on it and looks to be more of a moderate line.

Wondering if anyone has any info on the route. I almost jumped on it but it looks like rock gear may be needed between the 3rd and 4th bolt.

old_school:
I think Zeb and Justin Preisendorfer put that up? Brad White knows the history and probably the beta. Looks fun doesn't it? Nice to clip the bolt on your way by too  (lol). The ice hasn't been that fat in Hitchcock for a while!

Registered:
I think Zeb and Justin Preisendorfer put that up? Brad White knows the history and probably the beta. Looks fun doesn't it? Nice to clip the bolt on your way by too  (lol). The ice hasn't been that fat in Hitchcock for a while!


--- Quote from: jbrd528 on April 03, 2011, 10:18:40 AM ---Climbed Hitchcock gully yesterday and noticed a what looks like a new bolted mixed line on the left wall of the upper pitch. It starts about 35' farther up the pitch than Dial M for Murder. It looks to have 4 bolts on it and looks to be more of a moderate line.

Wondering if anyone has any info on the route. I almost jumped on it but it looks like rock gear may be needed between the 3rd and 4th bolt.

--- End quote ---

The ice isn't that exciting in that part of Hitchcock  so no it wont be that much fun to say the least.




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alpinetraveler:
Nothing like muggy 90 degree days to make folks think about ice climbing! Zeb and Tim Martel worked the line with me before I got the FA.  I called it Hans Blix and thought it was M6ish.  I used a stubby or two in the middle section though it's not necessary as that section is fairly cruiser.  The line is pretty condition dependent and the more ice the better especially getting out of Hitchcock and established on the rock.  From there it's easy to follow and ends with a fun hanging dagger.  Some of the edges that are helpful getting established on the rock are a little friable so tread lightly and have fun.  Although lots of folks climb by it every year I don't think it's had too many ascents.  If anyone else has been on it feel free to chime in with thoughts on the grade.
Justin

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