Mt Willard Ice Climbing Conditions Jan 27, 2010

January 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

Two days after the big melt down Jerry and decided to explore the East Face of Mt Willard. If any place had good climbing and ice this would be it. Lower Hitchcock Gully was lean. The pitch had a bit of everything, ice, snow, the river and some mixed moves to gain the upper ledge. Jerry and I had a great time getting through this section of the cliff.

Lower Hitchcock Gully – we climbed the thin ice vein of ice to the right then rock moves at the top.

Jerry working out the moves to gain the upper ledge. This pitch required the full package – turf, rock, ice and snow techniques.
Upper Hitchcock was in fine shape. Jerry arriving at the top after climbing a pitch of hero ice.
Upper Hitchcock in fat condition.
We completed our day with a run on the East Slabs then went over to The Cleft. The Cleft is an amazing route which breaks through the cliff via a long narrow shaft. Ice and snow filled the floor, climbing is grade 2, the position is fantastic. If this place were road side they would be selling tickets to get in. Check out he Cleft next time you want to top out on Mt Willard.
Art Mooney
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§ One Response to Mt Willard Ice Climbing Conditions Jan 27, 2010

  • Paulba says:

    Great pics!

    How does one get to “The Cleft”? This feature sounds cool, and I'd love to check it out. I've only been on Willard once, and we did Hitchcock.

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