mountainmatt Posted September 23, 2008 Share Posted September 23, 2008 Trip: Colchuck Lake - Sunchips 5.8 - FA Date: 7/26/2008 Trip Report: A while back, Evan and I headed in for four days of climbing in the Enchantments. On the first day, we searched around for potential new lines in the area. On day two, we climbed the west face of CBR (which is a fantastic line, no TR for this one since I think the subject has been covered pretty well). On Saturday, we headed over to look at one of the potential new lines we found right near the south side of Colchuck Lake. After a short hike up the hill, we found what looked like a nice 3 pitch line following a series of cracks and ledges. The route appeared to be a new line (that or it hasn’t been climbed in at least a decade or two). The climbing was excellent, easily protectable, and made up of mostly 5.6 moves. Each pitch contains a short 5.8 crux, but is well protected. Each pitch is ~25m long ending with a large ledge and a good-sized tree. On the descent, we started cleaning, brushing, and removing some branches from a tree that blocked the route. The next day, we climbed the route again; switching leads around to make sure we agreed with the gear suggestions and ratings. We also spent a descent amount of time cleaning the route, trundling rocks, removing vegetation, brushing off the moss, and establishing three belays around the trees. This route should be a nice day out for new alpine climbers, for a rest day, or people looking for something short to do as a warm up for the longer routes on Dragontail and Colchuck. Enjoy! The appraoch: Building carins on the way up: Looking up at the approach, Sunchips in the background: Where the route goes roughly: Looking up from the base: Evan on P1: Matt on P2: Evan on P3: Sunchips always taste great after a day of route cleaning: Topo (I have a much larger one, but cannot get it to post that way, PM me if you would like a copy): Gear Notes: Rack to 4", Single 60m rope, a few longrunners Approach Notes: Hike to the south side of Colchuck lake then see pictures and map above Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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