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This is an organizational entry for the Tyndall Gorge area to help with understanding & organzing this bit of the database.
Once on the eastern side of RMNP, drive to the end of Bear Lake Rd. Hike 1.1 miles to Dream Lake. Between Dream Lake & Emerald Lake (1.8 miles), look up & R toward the south face of Flattop. If they are in, get below your line and head uphill. Be aware of avalanche conditions on the approach slopes. Descend by walking left (west) from the top.
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The Squid WI5-6 M6-7 Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 140'
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The Squid WI5-6 M6-7 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Emerald Lake & vicinity
This is one of The Parks classic ice and mixed routes. Reference Glenn Randall's "Vertigo Games" for some history and cool shots. In that book (1983), The Squid is referred to as "perhaps the most spectacular single ice pitch in Colorado".It can form as a pure ice route, or as a difficult mixed route, with two significantly different variations. The difficulties can range anywhere from Grade 4+ ice, to WI6 M7.I have climbed the route as a pure ice route and have also done the right side mixed va...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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