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#637328 - 01/18/07 06:21 PM [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2007
kurthicks Offline
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Trip: Snake River - Higher Learning (FA)

Date: 1/18/2007

Trip Report:
Justin and I decided to skip our formal coursework and take our education outdoors today. We climbed what we believe to be a new route along the Snake River, about 3 miles east of Granite Point.

"Higher Learning" WI4+/5-, 65' of ice.


Side view of higher learning


About 2/3 up the route. The pillar above was fully detached and shook throughout whenever I swung into it.


We decided to walk off to the right (which included horrendous berrybrush bushwacking and a crotch deep creek fording). It is better to rap the route with 2 ropes from the bush we slung.

Justin post climb. It is the hardest route he's ever done.


FA: Kurt Hicks, Justin Hougham
Higher Learning
WI4+/5-, 65'

Gear Notes:
A half dozen screws
Gear to .75", mostly stoppers and pitons
2 ropes to rappel

Approach Notes:
At milepost 19 on Wawawai River Road, a couple miles toward Lewiston from Granite Point.
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#637335 - 01/18/07 06:40 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
Dr_Flush_Amazing Offline
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Beauty of a climb!

The approach looks like a bitch!
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#637343 - 01/18/07 07:24 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: Dr_Flush_Amazing]
NYC007 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 793
TRs: 2 Photos: 54
Loc: spokanistan
looks good!
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#637344 - 01/18/07 07:26 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: NYC007]
dbconlin Offline
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Dude you are climbing all sorts of desert drips this year! Way to go!

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#637385 - 01/18/07 10:06 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: dbconlin]
NYC007 Offline
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Loc: spokanistan
desert nymph
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#637413 - 01/19/07 12:26 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
ryland_moore Offline
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There's water in the Palouse after all! Any of you guys find anything around Palouse River Falls? Ever been down there this time of year? I've been working out there a lot recently looking at water rights and saw a ton of seeps where the basalt layers transitioned over down in the canyon. Looks like a ton of potential if the weather and water is right....
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#637421 - 01/19/07 01:10 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: ryland_moore]
TrogdortheBurninator Offline
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Nice one Kurt. After seeing the pic yesterday, I couldn't figure out how you'd resist climbing it. Guess you couldn't.
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#637461 - 01/19/07 08:22 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: TrogdortheBurninator]
DirtyHarry Offline
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Nice goys, Looks cool!!
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#637465 - 01/19/07 08:27 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: DirtyHarry]
Weekend_Climberz Offline
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Posts: 3403
TRs: 4 Photos: 139
Loc: Overlooking Elliot Bay
That looks nice

There is ice in Washington!!
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#637477 - 01/19/07 09:13 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: Weekend_Climberz]
sobo Offline
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Loc: The Oklahoma Dustbowl of AFG
Good onya, Kurt and Jason! You'll make a PNW Hardman outta Jason yet!
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#637520 - 01/19/07 10:20 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: sobo]
Blake Offline
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way to go! why do you need to ropes to rap a 65' climb?
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#637532 - 01/19/07 10:35 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: Blake]
AlpineDave Offline
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watch out for trains! damn objective danger..

NICE looking climb Kurt! way to get it before it fell down.

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#637686 - 01/19/07 02:45 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: Blake]
kurthicks Offline
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Originally Posted By: Blake
way to go! why do you need to ropes to rap a 65' climb?


because only anchor (a bush) was about 60' back from the edge, making it about 130' to the ground. If it stays up after this warm snap, I am going to go put a bolt anchor at the lip.

Originally Posted By: alpinedave
watch out for trains! damn objective danger..

This is no joke! One passed by as Justin was just finishing following the climb. I swear the whole place shook.
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#637687 - 01/19/07 02:47 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
sobo Offline
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Loc: The Oklahoma Dustbowl of AFG
Originally Posted By: kurthicks
Originally Posted By: Blake
way to go! why do you need to ropes to rap a 65' climb?


because only anchor (a bush) was about 60' back from the edge, making it about 130' to the ground.


That's what I woulda thought.

Originally Posted By: kurthicks
If it stays up after this warm snap, I am going to go put a bolt anchor at the lip.


So you're thinking this is gonna come back in again in your lifetime?

PS: Like your climbing wardrobe, Kurt... "Levi 501s: the new softshell"
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#637692 - 01/19/07 02:58 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: sobo]
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Loc: Anchorage, AK
Damn Kurt, I remember running by that place last spring and noticing water running down it. I took note to come check it out after a good long cold spell. Looks like you got it done! Nice job.

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#637700 - 01/19/07 03:06 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: Jake_Gano]
sobo Offline
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Registered: 12/17/00
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TRs: 4 Photos: 267
Loc: The Oklahoma Dustbowl of AFG
Hey Jake! I still have your... um... "payment" here in my office fridge. John sold Hyperspud and isn't around anymore. Ideas?
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#637754 - 01/19/07 04:15 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: ryland_moore]
kurthicks Offline
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Originally Posted By: ryland_moore
Any of you guys find anything around Palouse River Falls? Ever been down there this time of year?

yes. I've got a photo kicking around somewhere.

Quote:
Looks like a ton of potential if the weather and water is right....

go about your business...
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#637767 - 01/19/07 04:42 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
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Loc: Hood River, Oregon
I have driven every dirt single road from Rosalia South to Wawaiwai Canyon and East to Central Ferry State Park and North to Winona this past summer. I literally spent three straight weeks driving these roas to document dwater right use. In the process I got to see some amazing potential for ice as well as scope out some awesome upland bird hunting. Drop me a PM and you guys can Do check some other areas out I thought might be promising. The key is to find the break in the Wanapum and Grande Ronde basalts where water would seep out and are exposed. I will be out there next Wednesday (meetings in Colfax and Spokane)if you want me to go over some maps (Gazateer) I could point you to some good spots*****Caviat: A lot of those dirt roads, while named and public, can be really difficult to travel on during the winter without four wheel drive.....
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#637769 - 01/19/07 04:47 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: ryland_moore]
sobo Offline
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No worries, ryland... kurt's in the blue s00bie. It's all good!
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#637776 - 01/19/07 05:13 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: sobo]
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I don't know if I'd tust my Subie on some of those Palouse loess wet dirt roads!
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#637778 - 01/19/07 05:19 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: ryland_moore]
sobo Offline
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Registered: 12/17/00
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TRs: 4 Photos: 267
Loc: The Oklahoma Dustbowl of AFG
I hear ya! I know the area you've been skulking around in lately.
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#640594 - 01/26/07 10:28 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: ryland_moore]
kurthicks Offline
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Originally Posted By: ryland_moore
Any of you guys find anything around Palouse River Falls? Ever been down there this time of year?


2004. most ice seemed to form from the mist.
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#640629 - 01/26/07 11:30 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
G-spotter Offline
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oh, that looks classic, man
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#640631 - 01/26/07 11:38 AM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: G-spotter]
kurthicks Offline
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I didn't say that it was. i bet there is more classic ice elsewhere in that canyon though.
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#640675 - 01/26/07 12:50 PM Re: [TR] Snake River - Higher Learning (FA) 1/18/2 [Re: kurthicks]
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Just the thought of climbing some frozen mist while more rapidly coats my gear, ropes and jacket, and then the upper ledge traverse right into the falls to escape, is making my nipples hard.
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