Postholing across the Loch.
This is a prominent, lower-altitude peak in the Glacier Gorge/Loch Vale vicinity. Given that the routes on this peak are distinct from the lower routes in character and length, we'll create a separate area for this to include the multi-pitch ice/mixed routes for clarity. All Mixed Up
& its neighbors are approached from the left or Mills Lake or southeast side of Thatchtop and are left in the Glacier Gorge area. The Loch Vale Gorge routes near Mixed Feelings
are separate and left in the Loch Vale Gorge section. Northwest Face
, Deep Freeze
, Womb With a View
, The Crypt
& their neighbors are approached from the right or Loch Vale or the NW side of Thatchtop. These last routes shall be listed here.
Depending on the snowpack, you may be able to approach these with or without flotation devices.
We could split this into Thatchtop - N side, Powell Peak, Taylor Peak, Loch Vale, & Cathedral Wall...perhaps. Thatchtop
: Northwest Face
, WI3+ Deep Freeze
, WI6 M5 R Necrophilia
, WI5 M6 Dry Ice
, WI5 M9
Broken Axes, WI5 M5 Powell Peak
, M6 WI5+ Northwest Buttress of Powell
North Gully Taylor Peak
: Taylor Glacier
Taylor Glacier Buttress
Unnamed Route, M5? WI5? Central Buttress
, 5.8 M5 WI5
East Face Right
Far Right Gully
Left Gully Cathedral Spires
no info coughed up, yet Cathedral Wall
: Womb With A View
, M6 WI5
Tunnel Vision, M6? Loch Vale
: The Crypt
, WI4 Freezer Burn
WI4 Cold Storage
Go to the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP at the W end of US 36. Go through the entrance. Shortly after the entrance, you turn L on to the Bear Lake Rd. Go to the Glacier Gorge parking area (about 1mi shy of Bear Lake). Park. Hike about 3mi in to the ice taking the climber shortcut up the L side of the drainage after the 2nd bridge. Get to the junction of the trail to Mills Lake (L) & Loch Vale (R). Pick your side. Continue to hike.
Link to Cathedral Wall rock
Weather station 9.5 miles from here
32 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Vanquished (Powell Peak)
WI5 M5 CO
: CO Ice & Mixed
: ... : Loch Vale & uphill
Four or five pitches of excellent mixed climbing on thin slabs, steep faces, corners and chimneys. We climbed the route in spring as many guidebooks describe as the best season, however I've run into folks who say its better in the fall.Pitch 1- Climb up thin ice on a low angle face. Belay at a large flake wrapped with webbing. WI5 M5 190ftPitch 2 – Climb easy mixed terrain then a large left facing corner of 85 deg. Ice. Belay in an alcove below a vertical chimney. WI4 M3 160ftPitch 3 – Clim...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
Zowie in the foreground. From left to right, Cathe...
By Thomas Jensen
Apr 25, 2004
Alpine climbers ALERT: Don't put the tools away just yet! Ice is dripping from everything and there will be more if current conditions persist. Get up to Cathedral Wall area and get creative. Was up in Womb with a View on Saturday 4/24 with Greg Sievers and found good ice and potential routes all over the place. Crypt is still big, as well as a long stairstep route just west of it. Might be a few weeks until North facing routes catch up but there is plenty of new potential on the south facing walls. Just get there early because we were getting showered all day with debris from above. Trail is packed, but bring floatation if you plan to get the the base of anything.
By Edward Corder II
May 10, 2004
I climbed an ice route to the right of Womb with a View about a week ago. It was six pitches of outstanding mixed climbing, the best ice I have ever done in the park. Has anyone heard of this line ever being completed?, if so please let me know. 1,000ft, WI4+, M5.
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Jan 30, 2007
ADMIN: You guys have a long list of climbs under the description of this area. I just added 'Cold Storage' and 'Freezer Burn' (w/ pictures!), so you can add a link to these pages now if you'd like. Just FYI. Cheers! Eds. It was to hopefully inspire others to contribute. It worked! Thanks!