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first ascent [TR] Hope- Powerhouse Falls, WI 2/3, FRA 1/14/2005

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Climb: Hope-Powerhouse Falls, WI 2/3, FRA

 

Date of Climb: 1/14/2005

 

Trip Report:

McBee and I were getting ready to hike to Piccadilly Circus, but saw a tempting target directly behind the Power Station 11km west of Hope on Hwy 1. A great short approach up a gravel road led to two full 50 meter pitches of WI2 or 3. We continued on up the gully system for another 500 feet of elevation gain, soloing four more Grade 2 steps before ringing the bell and descending.

Even though this climb isn't in Don's new guide, I am very skeptical that it hasn't been climbed already. We did see boot prints on the approach, filled in slightly by the last storm cycle, but saw no signs of passage on the climb. McBee and I joked about naming it "Shock and Awe."

 

Gear Notes:

Standard ice rack

 

Approach Notes:

Exit at the Power Station, an unmarked exit ramp immediately before Herring Island exit. Park on the shoulder of the pavement. Walk up the gravel road heading behind the Power Station. When you reach the Battery Room building, head left on an old FS road to the creek. Powerhouse Falls will come into sight, just a few more minutes uphill.

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Did you find any giant quartz crystals? That area is real popular with rockhounders. The band of quartz goes through about 50' up the falls.

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