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Justin Busch

[TR] Commonwealth Basin - Superbowl Ice 2/2/2014

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Trip: Commonwealth Basin - Superbowl Ice

 

Date: 2/2/2014

 

Trip Report:

While on my way up to ski Red Mtn last week, I was pleasantly surprised to come across this bit of ice...

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I was hoping to get back to climb it before the snow fell knowing that it would be at least partially buried. Doug Hutchinson & I made it out yesterday for a little pre-game outing. Here is how it looked a week later...

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Someone had been on it before us (Saturday??) I must have my head in a hole cause I was surprised to have not heard about this one. It's a worthy little climb by Snoq Pass standards and is only an hour drive from sea level and a quick ski or walk in. It has obviously seen some ascents based on the old (and newer) tat.

 

Here is Doug representing our local bird yesterday before the game...

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We climbed it in two pitches. The first being slabby ice and the second pitch going at WI 3ish. I thought I would throw this out there to add to the Snoqualmie Pass circuit!

 

Gear Notes:

We did two raps with a 70m although I think a 60m would have done the job.

 

Approach Notes:

Approach via Commonwealth Basin. Once at the log crossing in the basin, head directly uphill (don't cross the creek) for 20 mins or so.

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Thanks for digging that out of the archives-I wasn't having much luck finding any info on this.

 

My guess is that the recent inversion helped fatten this one up.

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Yeah, its not really visible from the road so it gets only occasional traffic, as you can see from the other thread.

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top rope, ice climb, and state of Washington are unfortunately never found in the same sentence

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