Garden Trowel Direct

Type: 
Alpine
Reference: 
7
Pitch(es): 
#EwbankAlpine (Technical)Alpine (Commitment)Alpine (Mt Cook)AidWater IceMixedBoulder (Hueco)LengthBoltsTrad
12040mYes
 

The original line has been straightened out by taking a direct start to the right of the original corners and finishing up a beautiful prow on the right side of the Diamond Face. One of the cleanest and most sustained routes on the Mate.
Scramble up right-tending ramp towards the right side of the overlaps. Work your way through overlaps to a steep left-tending crack, then right onto ledge and spike belay. The move into the steep left-trending corner is very committing and can be avoided by stepping round to the left.

22145mYes
 

Move right for five metres to the base of a steep face. Climb the face to meet the second pitch of the GTR.

31735mYes
 

Move up and right into V-groove for 15m, then trend left along a ramp, scrambling as high as possible until the last headwall is gained.

41930mYes
 

Climb cracks splitting the centre of a prow then right to slabby country and fine crystalline climbing.

51512mYes
 

Move up and right to small notch and ramp system leading to descent route.

Grade: 
20 , 21 , 17 , 19 , 15
Quality: 
3
Gone: 
0
Length: 
162m
Bolts: 
0
Natural pro: 
1
Ascent: 
Guy Cotter, Nick Craddock, 1980s
Gregg Beisly and Allan Uren extended the route climbing pitches four and five on the brilliant headwall in the 1990s.
UUID: 
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