White Strike, First Ascent, Dasler Pinnacles, Hopkins Valley

On Saturday Paul Hersey and I put up White Strike, a five pitch ice and mixed route on the northwest face of the Dasler Pinnacles in the Hopkins Valley.  The route ascended the striking line on the southern (lower right) tier of the face and went at grade WI3, M4, with sparse protection (all rock gear).  The condition of the ice was thin and much of the rock was rotten or blank, hence the lack of protection.  This of course makes White Strike an instant classic and another route worthy of further ascents.

On our way to Dasler Biv in the Hopkins Valley

The view of the northwest face that greeted us as we emerged from the bush. White Strike is the thin line visible on the lower right tier of the face and left of the iced up gully.

Paul seconding on the 3rd and crux pitch which required a rather tight shuffle between the rock buttress on his left and blank slab on his right

The ascent line of White Strike

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One response

  1. nice work lads!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:57 am

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