Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cobra Verde

Saturday Dave S. and i climbed Cobra Verde in Kananaskis. We were both quite dissapointed so i thought i would post this as a "don't waste your time trip". The guide book says it's a 250m, grade 3 climb. For some reason i had this picture in my head that it was going to be a mini version of "House of Sky" in the Ghost. When we arrived at the base of the first pitch i figured this was the easy part. This pitch was 40m. After topping out we headed up the gully to the next pitch which was a 5m section of grade 3 ice. Once on top of this I was looking around for more ice. There was a little bit of grade 2 ice off to the right through the trees but i was sure that wasn't the route so we rambled on up the gully in search of the crux. About 50m or so from the top of the ridge and no more ice to be found i realized that we had climbed all the ice there was. So basically what the guide book should have said was;
One 40m pitch of easy grade 3 ice followed by a 60m scramble leads to a 5m pillar. 60m scramble again leads to a 20m pitch of grade 2 ice.
It would be a good route for a first time leader but that's it.


At 2/01/2006 06:26:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. Very disappointed. Pictures and trip report are posted on my website:



Posted by Dave Stephens


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