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Boulder Falls usually has a hefty volume of water flowing over it, however when we get a few weeks of especially cold weather, the falls forms a thin veneer of ice that is climbable. The climb forms a broad, stepped formation 60-80 degrees, about 30 feet high. During most years the climb is fairly dangerous because of the large volume of water flowing underneath the ice. Be certain that the ice thickness will support your weight and swing lightly. It is possible to punch through the ice (especially at the top of the climb) and fall behind the flow into the powerful stream of water. Considering the potential dangers and the shortness of the climb, it is no mystery that this route is rarely climbed. Descent: Rappel the route on v-threads or sacrificial pro.
Screws, although depending on the thickness of the ice it might be safer to solo.
While its possible to toprope this climb from screws or rock pro at the top of the climb, there is no easy access to the climb other than leading the climb first. This one is better to be led.
Boulder Falls Dec. 19th, 2006.
An unfortunate sign.
|Comments on Boulder Falls
|By Peter Holcombe|
Sep 24, 2002
This is way fatter than I have ever seen the Avocado Gully.
I wonder if this is not a picture of something else. The top of this pitch goes right and there is a wall up there that is not in this shot. Hmmm....
|By Dan Mottinger|
Dec 9, 2006
I believe there are two bolts at the top of the falls on a block right above the falls