Hidden Haven, WI 3-4
|[ Sizes: Orig | Large | Med | Small | Thumb ]|
4th Pitch- 30m- WI 3-4/
The last pitch of Hidden Haven Falls is quite the aesthetic piece. It is narrow and winding ice that snakes up between steep basalt red walls of the canyon to deep snow above. Although rated as WI 3+/4-, I found it to be a short and easy WI 3 grade by Canadian Rockies standards. Climb an easy angled section straight above and protect at the base of the next curtain. In 2008, we found plenty of rests and solid ice to sew this route up and thus give one in our party his first WI lead on placed screws. I believe Hidden Haven Falls to be a good route for this purpose. Again, as the previous short sections, the crux on this pitch is the transition from the ice to the snow and rock above as you top out. There is a large tree up and to your right that has tat set up for a top rope/rappel. Be careful with your footing as you post hole up to the tree. Place some long runners for a beneficial top rope angle. We pulled the rope and swapped leads. A super practice pitch in my opinion as before mentioned.
Hidden Haven, WI 3-4, Parowan, UT, February, 2008