The Bleachers

(1 route)

Obvious lower tower formation to the Northwest of the rock bivies. Offers several pitches of quality rock and climbing. Several quality lines remain that are untouched and waiting to be developed (some require a top to bottom cleaning before attempts are made to lead them). Walk down descents.

Walk time: 
40-60 min

Head up valley from bivies, across scree gulley towards closest obvious rock formation in the Northwest.

Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
The Improbability Drive 16,19,17,16,15 170m
wire representing trad 3
Head up large and obvious right trending scree ramp at base of The Bleachers. Near the top of the ramp, scramble up left onto a grass ledge, climb a couple metres up toward massive loose gulley on formation then step left off loose shale onto small solid rock ledge. Follow it around the corner into a small grassy alcove. Gear: Bring your RPs and doubles of small to mid size cams, then Single up to #4 cam.
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Step left out of alcove and climb up solid slabs, slowly tending right. End on huge loose ledge.


* Walk left along platform then step onto slabs. Angle left up slabs aiming for the roof on the arĂȘte. Work your way right of the roofs until you reach a broken looking corner. Step/under-cling up 2-3 metres and make delicate traverse left to belay


** Climb up the groove, occasionally stepping left then back right. Climb knife-edge ridge to belay.


Step to left side of ridge. Climb up face to offwidth crack. Then trend left to belay on ledge.


Go up broken face a few metres. Just before broken blocks step left around corner and find easiest line trending up and left. Loose and runout!

Nate Richman and Kat Vollinger 3/2015