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#15006 - 12/23/13 10:09 PM “Punani Tsunami” M7(ish), Cougar Creek.
bryce Offline

Registered: 12/03/07
Posts: 128
“Punani Tsunami” M7(ish), Cougar Creek. Bryce Brown and Lyle Rotter Dec 23, 2013.
This is a mixed line to gain the unformed ice of Explodomatic. If you are wondering about the name, the Urban Dictionary can fill you in...
The last edition of the ice guide is somewhat vague about the location of this climb. We think we have it figured out. Walk to Canadian Forks, take a right then another right (as described) - basically continue past the Planet X rock area. Explodo is about 20 min from the Forks. Total stumble is 1.5-2 hours depending on how much snow is hiding the boulders and ice in the river bed.
Start on thin ice on the left of the curtain then some rock moves to swing onto the main flow. 4 bolts and a few screws (no rock gear needed). Bolt anchor at top of ice on the left. 30m rap.
The Gong Show is another 15min past Explodo up the same drainage. It is in. We suspect the “partially formed pillar” described in the guide is probably Explodomatic.

#15037 - 12/27/13 08:38 PM Re: “Punani Tsunami” M7(ish), Cougar Creek. [Re: bryce]
Sandro RS Offline

Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Alberta
HI Bryce,

Marc Lindenbach and I hiked back and took a spin on your new rig yesterday Dec 26/13. Your directions were great; we found the route easily. The bolting and anchor were also good. It was a fun line and when combined with The Gong Show made for a nice day out. Our feeling is that Punani Tsunami is more likely M6 than M7 as it was easier than the M6+/7 routes at crags like Grotto, Bear Spirit or Haffner

Alessandro Roome-Sandrin

#15049 - 12/28/13 09:48 AM Re: “Punani Tsunami” M7(ish), Cougar Creek. [Re: bryce]
bryce Offline

Registered: 12/03/07
Posts: 128
Great thanks for the feedback! Ya I agree probably more like M6. I wasn't so sure of the grade, found it hard to compare to other established mixed climbs I've done (clean and hooked out). It felt harder with the original loose holds and scratching around - should only get easier once its climbed a few times!

#15063 - 12/29/13 10:10 PM Re: “Punani Tsunami” M7(ish), Cougar Creek. [Re: bryce]
iceadmin/Will Gadd Offline

Registered: 11/01/07
Posts: 381
That looks really cool, nice one!


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