Hugs not Drugs

Type: 
Alpine
Description: 
Superb climbing on continuously technical and steep wall. Starts just left of Jones Jones at a vertical crack and goes more or less directly to the summit, keeping left of easier ground. Line described is not necessarily the least line of resistance or necessarily accurate as climbed in complete shmoo with 10-15 metres viz.
Reference: 
2a
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
120III40mYes
 Start at the best crossing point or schrund. Various cracks lead to easier angled terrain at 20m, approx. 10m left of Jones-Jones. Belay where wall steepens.
22060mYes
 Straight up wall and cracks to easier angled grey slabs and belay in large L-R chimney.
32245mYes
 Straight up deviously to easier ground moving slightly left.
42255mYes
 Up rounded crack system moving L onto pillar. L from top of this and up steeply to technical slab on L. Up this and L again to diagonal break.
52245mYes
 Straight up fantastic flake, scamper over roof, and straight up to easier ground.
645mYes
 Straight up and R to roof, round this and up to ledge. Gratuitously up wall above just cos it’s there to blocky belay 30m from summit.
Grade: 
III 20 , 20 , 22 , 22 , 22 ,
Quality: 
3
Gone: 
0
Length: 
290m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
Rich Thomson, Rich Turner, 12 February 2016
UUID: 
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