Olson Sends Winter Dance, First Female Redpoint
Jen Olson has become the first woman to redpoint Winter Dance, WI6, M8, 150 m, in Hyalite Canyon, she climbed it with Tim McAllister. The first ascent was made in 1998 by Alex Lowe and Jim Earl, who established a twelve-bolt ladder through the overhanging rock to reach the icicle. The first free ascent was by Kris Erickson and Whit Magro in 2007. Ice specialist Joe Josephson and world-renown alpine pioneer Conrad Anker, confirmed Olson was the first woman to send the route.
Pitch 1: (5.9 WI3+ 40 m’) Head up the ice blobs for about 20 m.
Pitch 2: (M8 or A0 40 m) Follow the bolts (12-13) through two overhangs to the belay (bolts) located left of the lowest icicle.
Pitch 3: (5.7 WI5-6+ 40 m’) Traverse up and right off the belay, clip the fixed pecker and enjoy the awesome formations of ice!
Pitch 4: (WI5-5+ 40 m) Climb up the last tier.