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The strikingly beautiful Holy Cross Wilderness area is well known in Colorado. Although Mount of the Holy Cross already has an area listing in the Colorado Alpine Rock section of Mountain Project, this area was added to the Colorado Ice & Mixed section because of the nature of the routes described, as well as the nature of the potential routes around Lake Patricia and the Bowl of Tears.
Take exit 171 off of I-70. Then go south on US 24, and turn right on Tigiwon Road. Take Tigiwon road to Half Moon Trailhead. From the trailhead, Lake Patricia is about four miles in and the summit of Holy Cross about six. Tigiwon Road is closed in winter, extending the approach by about eight miles. So, if you get there after the road closes, go in motorized to the trailhead (which will take you about twenty minutes) or tuck your chin, roll your shoulders, and enjoy those extra 16 round trip miles.
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Gestas WI5-6 R CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Holy Cross/Notch Mountain
Gestas, the Bad Thief, takes a line directly up the center of a wide, thin sheet of ice glued to the sweeping rock face on the right of the main flow. The first 100 feet essentially goes from just off vertical to just past vertical in a smooth, tasty arc. Crux is between eighty and a hundred feet, involving delicate moves on slightly overhanging thin ice. On the first ascent, the ice varied between one and three inches thick, trending thinner toward the top. Stubbies bottomed out, and Spectr...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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