Snake River - Higher Learning (FA)Date:
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
WI4+/5-, 65'Gear Notes:
A half dozen screws
Gear to .75", mostly stoppers and pitons
2 ropes to rappelApproach Notes:
At milepost 19 on Wawawai River Road, a couple miles toward Lewiston from Granite Point.