Route of the Week: Mister Masters, Icebox Canyon

By Blake Herrington, 22 September 2013

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    22 September 2013


    Blake Herrington


    Rock Climbing

Icebox is the first of the major climbing canyons accessed via Red Rock’s one-way loop road. It’s also often overlooked by climbers, despite hosting excellent cragging and multipitch routes such as La Cierta Edad and Gotham City. Despite the excellent harder trad climbs on both sides of the wall, one of Icebox’s premier single-pitch lines is actually an inauspicious 5.9, easily overlooked next to testpieces like Spring Break. Mister Masters is 5.9 but climbs overhanging terrain via limestone-like jugs, horns, buckets, and bomber cracks. It is one of the steepest sub-5.10 pitches you’ll ever do, and rather than clipping bolts, the protection is all bomber natural gear. From atop the route, it’s easy to traverse left and throw a toprope on something six or eight letter grades harder, yet far less steep.

For more beta, check out’s page for Mister Masters [LINK].

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Blake Herrington

Leavenworth, WA

Blake Herrington learned to climb as a teenager while working for a small bakery in North Cascades National Park. His first trips into the mountains instilled in him a familiarity with untraveled alpine choss and a love for remote peaks. Now in his mid-20s, Blake has lived in Denver and Bellingham, before recently settling into the mountain town of Leavenworth, Wash. He has established over two-dozen new alpine routes or first free ascents from Alaska, to Colorado to Argentina.

Blake is also a widely-published author, having contributed articles to Alpinist, Climbing and Rock & Ice. He has climbed sport and traditional pitches up to 5.13a, but considers diverse alpine routes the most engaging and inspiring sub-set of climbing. Despite savoring the alpine cooking of many climbing partners, he counts himself among the best camp chefs he’s had the opportunity to climb with.