The Candlestick Maker is in the Ghost, near Orient Point, just above Hidden Dragon and to the right of The Joker/Hooker. A short technical pillar pouring over an impressively large cave, followed by a longer second pitch of steep ice. Last weekend, Sonnie Trotter and Andy Arts were treated to a fun day with ice legend Barry Blanchard.
Trotter wrote on his Vimeo page, “After a 10 year hiatus from ice climbing, I decided to join my sadistic friends Barry Blanchard and Andy Arts in the Ghost River Valley for a warm and relaxing outing on the Candlestick Maker WI5. I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on all this fun for nearly a decade! Why go climbing in sunny Spain or California, when you have all this bliss right in your own backyard? Ha ha, seriously though, it was an amazing day outside in the mountains with great friends! Thanks guys.”