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Type:  Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'
Consensus: WI5 [details]
FA: Jeff Lowe & Mike Weis, 1974
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Malcolm Daly on Feb 9, 2007

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Bridalveil Falls, 1st pitch. Feb '09. Photo: Henni...

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Description 

This beautiful wall features the best ice climb in Colorado: Bridalveil Falls. First climbed by Jeff Lowe and Mike Weis in 1974 using prototype SNARGS and 70cm piolets. This one took real vision.

Located on a north-wall to the East of town, it's close enough to allow a leisurely cup of coffe before the climb, but far enough that the slackers will drive over to Ouray.

There are several climbs on the wall that form up depending on conditions. Ask the locals at the Telluride Mountaineer for fresh beta. DO NOT climb on the falls directly below the Power House. This is private property and you'll get arrested and the whole wall will get shut down by the Sheriff.

Location 

Colorado Ave (CO Hwy 145) is the main drag through town. Drive East to the Pandora Mill and park at the gate. Hike up the road until you're at the wall. If avalanches rule that day, keep to the drainage. Takes about an hour for most people. If you ski up, the descent will only take a few minutes. From the top of the falls, either rappel, or if avalanche conditions are moderate, walk around behind the Power House and descend the gully. DO NOT touch the Power House!!

Protection 

Ice screws, courage.


Photos of Bridalveil Falls Slideshow Add Photo
Bridalveil Falls. Henning Boldt coming up 1st pitch. Feb '08. Photo: Pat McCarthy.
Bridalveil Falls. Henning Boldt coming up 1st pitc...
P.1.
P.1.
Climbers on the 2nd pitch. Feb '09.
Climbers on the 2nd pitch. Feb '09.
Bridalveil, 1/2/09.
Bridalveil, 1/2/09.
Bridalveil Falls
BETA PHOTO: Bridalveil Falls
Picture of me approaching.  Was unable to attempt due to climbers on and waiting.
Picture of me approaching. Was unable to attempt ...
Conditions on 01/22/09.  It could be a lot different now.... It has been very warm in Telluride.
BETA PHOTO: Conditions on 01/22/09. It could be a lot differe...
Kev at our first belay.
Kev at our first belay.
Heading up the steep second pitch.
Heading up the steep second pitch.
Notice climber in photo.
Notice climber in photo.
Heading up P2  <br />Sweetest pitch ever!
Heading up P2
Sweetest pitch ever!
Conditions on Feb. 6th, 2011.
Conditions on Feb. 6th, 2011.
BVF, Feb. '08. Is that Dreamstream in the background?
BVF, Feb. '08. Is that Dreamstream in the backgrou...
On lead on the crux section.
On lead on the crux section.
Rick on the last rappel.
Rick on the last rappel.
Bridalveil Falls in all its glory.
Bridalveil Falls in all its glory.
Rick finishing the second pitch.
Rick finishing the second pitch.
On the ground.
On the ground.
Topping P1.
Topping P1.
BridalVeil, coming over the last bulge. Amazing route. Photo: Keith Garvey.
BridalVeil, coming over the last bulge. Amazing ro...

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By Stymingersfink
Dec 26, 2007

Ya know, Mal... I'd almost rather get on this one than the one in Provo Canyon.

'Course, that would mean I'm in Colorado, which would certainly mean somethin'!
By Bryan Gilmore
From: Your Mama
Dec 28, 2007
rating: WI5 PG13

Just so you know...as of Dec. 27th. 2007, there is a large sign stating "No climbing Bridalveil Falls" right where you park for this route.
By doligo
Mar 22, 2012
rating: WI5

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Felt a bit like the Gunks climbing - pull overhang, rest, pull another overhang, rest... Because of good rests, felt a bit easier than the Ames, but it's definitely a lot steeper.

Next time, I would use the V-threads for raps - on the freehanging rappel off the bolts, my ropes dislodged a microwave-sized ice chunk off the icicle that luckily only brushed me on my thigh, phew!