Feeding the Cat is an enjoyable toprope-able climb located above the Amphitheatre. If there's a crowd in the Amphitheatre, as there usually is, or you want to make an extension of any Amphitheatre climb, this is a good choice.
There are two ways to approach Feeding the Cat. The first is to climb either Fat Chance
or Thin Chance
, then continue uphill on the right side of the drainage until you come to an open snow runnel which will lead to the climb.
The second is to pass the Amphitheatre climbs to the north, as if going towards the Mummy Cooler climbs. After a short distance uphill, take a right and hike up and right until the climb can be seen. Usually there is a beaten path for this approach.
Route DescriptionFeeding the Cat
: 100' WI3+
Begin the climb on the far right. When normally formed, it will be a tall pillar with angled rock to the left. If fat, the rock on the left will form ice over it, providing for an easier climb. The pillar, in normal conditions, will have a tall step followed by a shorter 15' step at the top. Neither will be completely vertical. If fat, however, these pillars bulge out and become vertical, but easier WI3 climbing will be available to the left of the pillar.
Belay or toprope from a tree anchor just a few feet from the cliff, on top of the right pillars. A new rappel ring has been recently placed there.
Ice screws to your comfort level, typically around 6