Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ricochet, Part 2, FFA

by Chris Thomas

Last Saturday Hayden Kennedy and I returned to Ricochet to make its first free ascent. The route had deteriorated since I was there two weeks ago, and there was significantly less ice, but fortunately there was just enough left to make it go. The free climbing on the steep rock section came together much more quickly than expected, and although rarely forming, this route is a true classic. Hopefully it will survive the current warm spell and allow some more ascents.
Hayden on the first pitch
Established on the ice after the crux steep rock section
Steep pillar thugging to the top out
Where: to the left of the Angel of Fear in Santaquin Canyon.
Rack: set of cams to 3 inches, 3-5 pins, 6 ice screws
Rating: M8 WI5+. 3 pitches.
Chris Thomas

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