Posted by: westcoastice | January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012 Ice Climbing Report (Thanks Jeremy)

Highway 99 South – Pemberton

Francis St. Pierre and I (Jeremy) went up to The Plum yesterday.  Sadly, we got lost on the approach (again…) so we only got to the bottom of the second pitch, but it and the first were in fine form.  Snow on the approach was awful – just deep enough to hide the holes and roots.

Of note to whomever put/uses the fixed line off the first belay tree (left side of P.1) – we discovered that one of the two rap slings (some blue webbing) on that same tree had been cut (rough edges, so by a falling rock?) and yet the sling had frozen pretty securely into the ice.  It took some excavation to eventually determine that there was, in fact, no knot.  One could have yarded pretty hard on it and not pulled it free of the ice, at least not right away.  I wouldn’t have wanted to be jugging that fixed line if the same rock had hit it…  We almost cut it away but decided it wasn’t our role to pass judgement on the setup that someone else must have put up there for a reason.  In hindsight, I should have cut it.

White Blotter looked pretty well formed, but can’t say for sure.  It looks like there are twin pillars touching down right next to each other.  If they’re substantial enough, it would probably make for some wicked stemming and ease the grade a bit.  Maybe a good time for anyone looking for the tick.

Politically Correct Valentine looked thin at the bottom.


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