It isn't necessarily a long hike (5 miles) and it doesn't necessarily require a formidable amount of elevation gain (1800 ft). What did make this a daunting undertaking were the stories of class 4 scrambling with exposure. For example:
The first part of the hike consists of hiking a little over a mile back in to Ice Box Canyon. Eventually, you look to the left and you see a wall that just looks like a canyon wall that is impossible to climb, just like every other wall around. This portion of the wall is different from the rest of the canyon wall because we actually did climb up it.
|This is a picture of us climbing down what is the first climb on the way up.|
We climbed straight up the slot and kept going up and up and up. Basically just looking for footholds and handholds anywhere in the slot.
Honestly, the whole hike is sort of a blur of terrifying moments involving climbs up nearly straight rock and occasionally using a rope for some assistance.