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Ice Box 

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Ice Box


This is a little canyon also know as Hellsgate Gultch. It was one of the first areas developed in Spearfish Canyon. The climbing is good and some of the climbs you will need a little bit of pro, and a few of the bolts are old. Most of the climbs are short and to the point and are worth climbing at least once.

Getting There 

To get here drive to Cheyenne Crossing towards Newcastle, Wyoming past Sunshine parking. Pull into the hellsgate picnic area that is next to a creek. Walk across the road to the cliffs about a minute away.

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ice Box:
The KlonDyke   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 70'   
Black Ice   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
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Mike Cronin gets ready for a Glacial Facial, 5.11a <br /> <br />Ice Box, Spearfish Canyon.

Glacial Facial 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  SD : Spearfish Canyon : Ice Box
Even things that are short can have huge bursts of power. This little hummer has everything that you could possibly want in a pumpy/techical, power-fest of a route. It even has a happy ending.This climb starts out with hard, overhung moves that keep you on your toes and make your congnitive senses go into overdrive. From there it never really seems to let up. Definately an endurofest!Stroke those hidden holds, beat your meat, and when your hands get tired, use your feet. Be ready to work this th...[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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The sign in the parking lot.
The sign in the parking lot.
The slightly south-east facing routes of the left hand side of The Ice Box crag. <br /> <br />From left to right; <br /> <br />Fung, 5.12a Bolted overhung boulder problem. <br /> <br />My Brother, Six bolts of 5.11b climbing. <br /> <br />Wide Rider, Project, <br />Surge, Project <br />Snuff N' Stuff, Project <br />Gardner's Delight, Project <br /> <br />Two Kings and a Queen, 5.11c. Seven bolts of sick, sequential, hold onto your cards climbing! <br /> <br />The KlonDyke, 5.10a. Fun five minus moves on an overhung face to a sweet arete. <br /> <br />And yes, that sick, overhung boulder that I keep referencing probably has 3 problems that max out at V3. <br />
The slightly south-east facing routes of the left ...
Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest at Spearfish Canyon's Ice Box crag. <br /> <br />In this picture, Mike is climbing Two Kings And A Queen, 5.11c. <br /> <br />This route is located on the left-hand side of the crag and can easily be seen from the semi-circular, dirt parking lot by the creek across the highway.
Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
Ice Box warm ups.
Ice Box warm ups.
Roadside cragging with great hangs! <br />Ice Box Rocks!
Roadside cragging with great hangs!
Ice Box Rocks!
Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Lower Ice Box. <br /> <br />The Ice Box now has a slew of New Skool climbs on a small, powerful wall just a bit down the road. These are four, fine 5.12's just aching to freeze you in your tracks.
Lower Ice Box.

The Ice Box now has a slew of New ...
Lower Ice Box. <br /> <br />Just a bit farther down the road from the parking lot is this stout, black wall with two epic climbs just waiting for your attention. The rope and draws are hung on Whore Frost, 5.12a <br /> <br />This climb, along with about a dozen other new developments have turned Ice Box into an all day climbing destination that requires very little hiking from your car or between climbs.
Lower Ice Box.

Just a bit farther down the road f...
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) <br />The Shivering Sphincter, 5.10c (right)
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left)
The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ice Box.
Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes located on upper right-hand side of the crag. <br /> <br />1. Glacial Facial, 5.11a. Sustained. Sequential. Strong moves. <br /> <br />2. Reaching The Melting Point, 5.12b. Classic climbing! Overhung! A crack start leads to technical pulling to big jugs to a long, sustained crux on technical holds till the end. <br /> <br />3) Pular Express, 5.11d. Side pull Heaven with a roof from Hell. <br /> <br />4) Polar Baird, 5.12c. Best for the grade in this immediate area. <br /> <br />4.1) Sub-Zero Hero. Four bolt kids climb on a short, slabby, black rock.  <br /> <br />4.5) Jumping Jack Frost, 5.11+. Sick undercling to pumpy, huge holds! <br /> <br />4.75) NEW ROUTE! 5.11- <br /> <br />5) Ice Buckets, 5.8. Great beginner climb with HUGE holds and a big pump. <br /> <br />6) The Shivering Sphincter, 5.10c. A hard start leads to semi-slabby climbing with big moves to big holds. <br /> <br />6.5) Nippin' Out, 5.12a. Starts near Cold or Caliente and traverses left on wild holds over a sick roof! Shares anchors with The Shivering Sphincter to the left. <br /> <br />7) Cold Or Caliente, 5.10d. Sick crux moves! Sweet roof pull.
Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes ...
Map of Ice Box
Map of Ice Box
A view of the primo wall at Ice Box. <br />Contains the classic climbs, Glacial Facial, 5.11a, Reaching the Melting Point, 5.12b, Pular Express, 5.11d, and Polar Baird, 5.12c.
A view of the primo wall at Ice Box.
Contains the ...
Ice Box routes in The Alcove: <br /> <br />From left to right: <br /> <br />Jumping Jack Frost, 5.11c <br /> <br />Climber is on Ice Blocks, 5.11a <br /> <br />Ice Buckets, 5.8+ <br /> <br />The Shivering Sphincter, 5.10c <br /> <br />Nippin' Out, 5.12a
Ice Box routes in The Alcove:

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By Mikel Cronin
Aug 4, 2008

What routes were pulled? I know of 2 or 3 on the right side of the draw that were pulled but there should be 3 or 4 on both sides that still have bolts.

By Brent Larsen
From: Spearfish, SD
Nov 10, 2013

There are some sick new routes at Ice Box now. The Canyon Crew's future plans to renovate some older climbs with new hardware will soon make this area one of the best roadside crags in South Dakota. Come check this place out!