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Ice Box  


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Location: 44.26781, -103.9207 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Housiaux, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Cameron Luth on May 28, 2007  with updates from Brent Larsen
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Description 

This is a little canyon also know as Hellsgate Gulch. It was one of the first areas developed in Spearfish Canyon. The climbing is good and at one time, some of the climbs you will need a little bit of pro. Now virtually all routes are safely bolted and you can leave the gear at home. 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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.5 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',11],['5.12',10],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',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+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   
Frosted Flake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
Black Ice   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   
Cold Or Caliente   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   
Pete' Poach   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Glacial Facial   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Shoulda Nona Better   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
Ya Bud!   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
Pular Express   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 75'   
Suicide Jack   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Ice Chester   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Whore Frost   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Step Into The Freezer   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
Reaching The Melting Point   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   
Polar Baird   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   
Goose Bump   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 45'   
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Featured Route For Ice Box
His balls are made of snow.

Frosty The Throwman 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  SD : Spearfish Canyon : Ice Box
Shovel and grovel your way up using small, tricky feet, wicked sidepulls and hard to calculate gymnastic movements. Get yourself set up on small, overhung holds to make a throw that might have you waving your arms like a freaked out snow angel....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Photos of Ice Box Slideshow Add Photo
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Ice Buckets, 5.8+ (left) The Shivering Sphincter, ...
Map of Ice Box
Map of Ice Box
The sign in the parking lot.
The sign in the parking lot.
Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
Mike Cronin enjoys roadside climbing at its finest...
Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
Lower right hand side south west facing wall of Ic...
Lower Ice Box.  The Ice Box now has a slew of New ...
Lower Ice Box. The Ice Box now has a slew of New ...
Ice Box routes in The Alcove:  From left to right:...
Ice Box routes in The Alcove: From left to right:...
Lower Ice Box.  Just a bit farther down the road f...
Lower Ice Box. Just a bit farther down the road f...
Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Carl crushing Ice Chester, 5.12c
Ice Box warm ups.
Ice Box warm ups.
Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes ...
Ice Box. Flag Ship Wall. South west facing routes ...
The slightly south-east facing routes of the left ...
The slightly south-east facing routes of the left ...
A view of the primo wall at Ice Box. Contains the ...
A view of the primo wall at Ice Box. Contains the ...
Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Climbing at The Ice Box in April.
Roadside cragging with great hangs! Ice Box Rocks!
Roadside cragging with great hangs! Ice Box Rocks!
Ice Box Climbs that are to the right of the Flagsh...
Ice Box Climbs that are to the right of the Flagsh...

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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!
By M. Lynn Larsen
May 10, 2014
The general info page reflects an outdated view on the Icebox area. It should be updated to include the caliber of change that has gone on in the area for the past 2 years. It is now an enjoyable place to hang out and climb without the commitment of a long hike.
By Brent Larsen
From: Spearfish, SD
May 11, 2014
Leave the trad gear in your vehicle. As of this year Ice Box is officially a pure sport climbing area with modern bolts and brand new hardware.