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Loch Vale & uphill

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L to R R to L Alpha
Brain Freeze 
Central Buttress T 
Circling Sharks T 
Cold Storage 
Crypt, The T 
Deep Freeze T 
Dirty Peeps Variation 
Dog House T 
Double Tap T 
Dry Ice T 
Freezer Burn 
Inquisition, The T 
Leftist Activity 
Necrophilia T 
North Face Icefield T 
North Gully 
Northwest Buttress of Powell 
Northwest Face Route - Thatchtop or Northeast Gully? T 
Petit Gully, The T 
Plan D T 
Prise de Fer T 
Production, The T 
Quicksilver T 
Sex With A Live Person T 
Sublime Vision T 
Taylor Glacier T 
Timberline Falls T 
Tunnel Vision T 
Upper Wall 
Vanquished (Powell Peak) 
Wham Couloir T 
Womb with a View T 
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Loch Vale & uphill  

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 40.29451, -105.65776 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 13, 2006
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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, Necrophilia, Vanquished, 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.


Northwest Face, WI3+
Deep Freeze, WI6 M5 R
Necrophilia, WI5 M6
Dry Ice, WI5 M9
Broken Axes, WI5 M5

Powell Peak:

Vanquished, M6 WI5+
Northwest Buttress of Powell, M6
Thatchtop-Powell Icefield
North Gully

Taylor Peak:

Taylor Glacier
Taylor Glacier Buttress
New Sensations
South Face
South Ridge
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, WI4

Getting There 

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 


Climbing Season

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Loch Vale & uphill:
Central Buttress   WI5 M6 Steep Snow R     Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 11 pitches, 1200'   
Necrophilia   WI4-5 M5-6 R     Trad, Mixed, Ice   
The Crypt   WI4     Trad, Ice   
Timberline Falls   WI3     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 100'   
Freezer Burn   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wham Couloir   M4 Easy Snow     Trad, Mixed, Snow, 3 pitches, 800'   
Taylor Glacier        Trad, 1200'   
Deep Freeze   WI5-6 M5 R     Trad, Mixed, Ice   
Northwest Face Route - Thatchtop or Northeast Gully?   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 5 pitches   
The Petit Gully   M5+     Trad, Mixed, 6 pitches, 800'   
Quicksilver   M3+ Mod. Snow R     Trad, Mixed, Snow, 1000'   
Brain Freeze   M5+ Steep Snow     Mixed, Snow, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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Featured Route For Loch Vale & uphill
Vanquished Wall area of Powell Peak.

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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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.
By Caelan
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!