American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Washington-Cascade Mountains, Bridge Creek Wall, Wet and Wild

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  • Publication Year: 1985

Bridge Creek Wall, “Wet and Wild. ” In December of 1983, Matt Kerns and I climbed the waterfall that forms in the gully system to the left of Bridge Creek Wall. The approach from the Icicle Creek Road took four hours. The first pitch was 100 feet of thin 60° ice. Snow led to the second pitch, 20 feet of vertical icicles followed by 60 feet up a steep ice ramp. More snow led to a 300-foot granite wall bisected by a thin strip of ice. Two pitches of steep ice and poorly protected mixed climbing up the strip led to the top. We descended the east side of the upper pitches with a long rappel, and downclimbed to the west of the lower pitches. The climb gets a lot of sun and is wet even if the air temperature is below freezing. Piton protection is possible; bring knifeblades. (Grade V ice.)

Tom Hall-Hargis

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