This is a catchall area encompassing any climbs found in the granite gorge between Post Creek (at the lower end) and Shell Falls/Brindle Falls areas (at the upper end). There aren't many established routes in the main gorge, and access can be the biggest issue since most of the flows tend to be across the creek from Highway 14. Finding breaks in the cliffs or rapping in and leaving a fixed line to jug back out are the only means of accessing the creek. However, since the canyon is so narrow, the creek flows fast and deep and only freezes over in select spots. Basically, it takes some determination and luck to get to some of these flows.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Gorge:
Lower Dangler WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 85 feet, Grade II
Ponderosa Falls WI3 Ice, 1 pitch, 50 feet, Grade II
The Right Dangler WI5- Ice, 1 pitch, 40 feet, Grade II
Wildfire Slabs WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch, 90 feet, Grade II
Workin' on Leavin' the Livin' WI4+ M5 R Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 200 feet, Grade III
Gouge Away WI3+ M4 Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For Central Gorge
Workin' on Leavin' the Livin' WI4+ M5 R WY : Shell Canyon : Central Gorge
Easily the canyon's most spectacular line, but also it's most rarely formed in my experience....I've climbed in the canyon off an on for six seasons and never seen a hint of ice on this thing other than in the 09/10 season; it seems that the necessary combination of high groundwater from a wet fall and the extended cold and snow throughout the winter combined to give it life. Although this is just my hypothesis, as there is no major drainage above the climb, and it managed to withstand...[more] Browse More Classics in WY