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Esperanza 

WI2-3

   
Type:  Trad, Ice
Consensus: WI2-3 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: cold winter
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Dec 31, 2001

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Rapping back down the final crux step, 12/8/13.

Description 

This is a fun, little romp up a streambed 1/2 miles west of Silverplume's parking area. It is obvious from road. Park just past a driveway in a pullout. Boulder hop the river. Cross I-70 carefully. Wander up to the ice through intermittently denser vegetation.

P1. Climb 3 short WI2 steps to a flatter section. You can walk to next steeper bit.

P2. WI2 right or WI3- left. It can be thin. This gets wet in the sun. Pick a cold day.

Walk off 200-300 yards left to an obvious gully. Follow animal tracks down. It is 30-35 minutes back to car from the top. This is more exploring than technical.

Protection 

Bring a couple screws and slings for tree belays.


Photos of Esperanza Slideshow Add Photo
Matt explores on 12/31/01.
BETA PHOTO: Matt explores on 12/31/01.
Eddie downclimbing the second little step of the c...
Eddie downclimbing the second little step of the c...
Eddie heading up the second step, 12/8/13.
Eddie heading up the second step, 12/8/13.

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By Shameless Shaemus
Dec 24, 2012

Fun solo "ice ramble," perhaps a good lead for a beginning ice leader. Don't know if this is the same line, but for the South-facing long gully just past Silverplume Falls (2nd gully high up heading west on I-70), the easiest approach is to take the Frontage road heading west out of Silverplume (parallel to I-70). About 2 miles up, take a right turn where a bridge goes over I-70, park at the end on the left-facing a hiking trail. Avoid parking near the private driveway on the right. Start hiking towards this driveway, but quickly veer down and right to an older road. Follow this road back East as it parallels I-70 to its end (passing one or two old home sites complete with outhouse and chimney). At end of road, head up left bushwhacking through an aspen forest to an open meadow. Continue up and right through meadow and cross towards large pines at top of meadow. AVOID going straight up the willow-choked creekbed, but head further east (climber's right) and up to the foot of a cliff band right of the climb. At its end is an easy ledge down to base of route. 40min approach max. With some ice farming, this could be a more worthwhile outing. Forms up well during an extended cold & cloudy stretch mid-winter, but S. facing and melts out fast.

View from Frontage Road.
View from Frontage Road.


From a distance....
From a distance....
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Dec 24, 2012

Shaemus, that looks like the same dribble of ice.
By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 9, 2013

Kind of a steep, alpine bushwhack, but a few fun sections make it worth the small hike to do it once. As of 12/8/13, the ice is for the most part in, with only the last section being a little melted. Get on it early in the day if you decide to go! Overall, a fun solo climb with a rap anchor to the left after the last step if you don't want to downclimb the crux or hike off.