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Across from the Wasteland is a sector of largely moderate climbs that usually gets excellent morning sun. For a good warm-up to the day's climbing, it is hard to beat this high concentration of moderate routes. The bulk of 20 or so routes tick in from 5.8 to 5.11 with a couple of 5.12 routes. Most routes are close to vertical, although expect to negotiate a few bulges and small "caves". The surfaces of most of these climbs has become very polished over time and you might want to take a rough brush along. A wet brush seems to help reduce the polish as well. Nothing is very long, and all of the routes have double bolt anchors for descent. The access trail will take you from the Ice Cave routes directly to the Bauhaus, so huddle up, suck down the java, and get ready for the crank fest just up-stream.
Park as for the Wasteland. Across the stream from the Wasteland and just at the point where the road crosses the stream you can pick up a trail that leads directly to the base of the Ice Cave Walls. Follow this up-stream, passing beneath the first huge ice cave. Routes start shortly after passing out of the cave. Route numbering reads left to right when facing the cave.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ice Cave Walls:
Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Spuds in Space 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Hot Potato 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Merry Maids 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Feline 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Plastic Prince 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Ledged Assault 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
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Feline 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Ice Cave Walls
Feline is a line thats hard to miss. It's just upstream a ways from Merry Maids, the huge, left-facing dihedral. If you're on the Ice Caves side of the stream, follow the path upstream from Merry Maids for about 60 yards (past the tiny cave) and you will see a dim fork in the trail, take it up left and there you are. You can also wade across the stream at a pullout just up the road from the bridge, or you can walk downstream from the Bauhaus. Either way, the route i...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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