White as a Sheet

Type: 
Alpine
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
15IV0mNo
 

About 300m up valley from Cul De Sac.
The first three pitches go up the right hand side of the slab to a small cave beneath a large overhang. The next pitch is the crux - the Sheet. The ice is usually thin on the 70 degree slab. Then there is a 3m vertical icicle. The last two pitches are straightforward ice. It isn’t the technical difficulty that gives this route the grade but the sustained angle and tenuous climbing on the Sheet. The only sensible descent is by rapping the route. Although it is possible to traverse around to the terrace of the Upper Cirque.
This route is named after the palour of Richard Thomson’s face after he fell off the crux icicle.

Grade: 
IV 5
Quality: 
0
Gone: 
0
Length: 
0m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
0
Ascent: 
Dave Vass, Richard Thomson, August 1989
UUID: 
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