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Slip Sliding Away 

WI4-

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Consensus: WI4- [details]
FA: Kevin Donald, Duncan Ferguson and International Alpine School students the winter of '75/'76
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 13, 2005
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Description 

This is a fun, 2 pitch route uphill from Skylight. Wallow up snow to nook. It was featured in the ice video, On Ice.

P1. Go up and left up a lower-angled ramp, and belay left of vertical curtain.

P2. 2nd pitch goes out right up vertical curtain and to the right. Rappel 60m off trees. Alternatively, you may be able to go left up the low angled ice.

Less helmet ice than Skylight.


Protection 

Ice screws and lack of brains.



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2/97 Slip Slidin' Away.
2/97 Slip Slidin' Away.
Scott Papich on lead - January 24th, 2004
Scott Papich on lead - January 24th, 2004
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By Bandito Nuevo
Nov 24, 2002

Climbed Slip Sliding Away earlier today and it was pretty good. Very warm in Ouray and at the climb, things are wet and need some cold weather. Most of Skylight area climbs are really thin. Also, Lake City is in and ready to go.

By kevin donald
Feb 8, 2004

Greetings, I'm fairly certain that the FA of "Slip Sliding Away" was Kevin Donald, Duncan Ferguson and International Alpine School students the winter of '75/'76. I do not remember seeing it in shape when Jeff Lowe, Kevin Donald, and David Brashears did "The Skylight" in '74/'75, anyway I named it after hearing the song while sitting in the Outlaw restaurant later that evening. Best wishes, Kevin Donald

By Scott Bower
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jan 2, 2007
rating: WI4

I recommend doing this as a single, long pitch if you have enough gear and a 60m. Rope drag was not a problem and you get a nice, big, tree belay at the top. Plus, the top is in the sun after late morning.

By Kevin Craig
Feb 1, 2008

Second the recommendation to do it as one long pitch. There is sometimes another pitch that forms up above the tree belay. Wallow up snow to a thin lower angle gully grovel - even when there, the ice is thin and the pro tricky. The climbing is easier than the first pitch however. Worth doing if it's formed and you're there anyway. A seemingly solid dead tree on the left with slings/cord provides an anchor to rap to the initial tree belay. 2 x 60m ropes/raps.

Lastly, though the "On Ice" video says the climb depicted is Slip-Slidin' it looks a lot more like Slippery When Wet.

By Armin
From: Arvada, CO
Feb 9, 2009

Anyone know route and FA info of the mixed/bolted route just right of the main ice flow. Feels about M6 WI5, chain anchor at the top. Highly recommended.

By Peteoria
Jan 31, 2011

Route to right is "Shattered Dreams" Photo - Jason Nelson.