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Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da River 

WI4- M4+

   
Type:  Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 900', Grade III
Consensus: WI4- M4+ [details]
FA: Greg Mionske and Roberto Gonzalez-Pita, Dec 5, 2009
New Route: Yes
Season: Fall
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Submitted By: Greg Mionske on Dec 6, 2009

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Pitch 2 mixed crux on Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya...

Description 

The route starts at broken rock ledges on the right and then heads up a snow/ice filled corner. Once you reach the icefall (ice crux) on your left, begin to ascend, pull a small roof onto another fall and take the narrow gully to more ice and a big ledge. Walk right on the big ledge to a mixed section. Climb the left crack system (mixed crux) to an easier angle and then proceed upwards on moderate ice. Belay to the left. Climb two ice steps to a steeper fall with an optional rock/ice chimney. Unrope and follow the gully up and right. Then trend left on easy terrain to reach the ridge.

Location 

This route is located to the right side of the main rock buttress (far right of The Road route). Hike from Echo Lake up the Chicago Creek trail until you reach the first Chicago Lake. Cross the valley/lake and head up to the main rock buttress. See photos for route topo.

Descent: From the ridge, hike east to the saddle and Mt. Evan's Road. Take the road all the way back (7 miles) or after mile marker 4 follow snowshoe trails back to Echo Lake.

Protection 

5 screws & light alpine rock rack.


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Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da River topo.
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Looking up the 3rd pitch of Concrete Shoes 12-20-0...
Looking up the 3rd pitch of Concrete Shoes 12-20-0...
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Pitch 3 of Concrete Shoes Won't Help Ya In Da Rive...
Concrete shoes won't help ya in da river. Photo: L...
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Variation to pitch 2, not much ice here
Variation to pitch 2, not much ice here
Carl Pluim just starting up pitch 1 on "Concr...
Carl Pluim just starting up pitch 1 on "Concr...
Eric Lashinsky on what we called the 2nd pitch of ...
BETA PHOTO: Eric Lashinsky on what we called the 2nd pitch of ...
Carl Pluim leading pitch 3 ice on "Concrete S...
Carl Pluim leading pitch 3 ice on "Concrete S...

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By Dougald MacDonald
Dec 10, 2009

Greg Mionske has published a great first-person account of this ascent at Colorado MoJo: coloradomountainjournal.com/?p.... More photos, too.
By Kevin Gillest
From: Arvada, CO
Dec 21, 2009
rating: WI4- M4+

Climbed Concrete Shoes 12-20-09, it was a great route. It appears to have less ice now, looking at the FA pictures. Well worth the walk though!

We also put up another route. Walk southeast from the top out of "The Road" look down into one of the last drainages. 110ft WI4-5 M5, "Road Less Warren". It might be a long....walk for such a short route. But combined with on of the others on Warren, a great day out!
By Kevin Gillest
From: Arvada, CO
Nov 1, 2011
rating: WI4- M4+

Climbed "Concrete Shoes" Sunday Oct. 30th with Carl Pluim:
Pitch 1: Slightly more ice than when we climbed before, WI4- 230ft.
Pitch 2: We climbed 4 cracks over starting from left dihedral, M5 100ft (all cracks were full of moss).
Pitch 3: Slightly less ice than past, also no ice in corner all ice out right, WI3 100ft.

"The Road" conditions, appears to have ice on pitch 1, the upper pitch has ice at the start, but from where we stood, hard to say conditions.

"Road Less Warren" conditions, little to no ice.

Approach: We broke the trail from Idaho Springs Res., but with the 50-70mph gust, probably no trail left.