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Lower Tier

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Bob and Weave 
Crawl Space aka Plumber's Crack 
Highjacked 
Jab Cross Hook 
Married With Children 
Punishment for Gluttons 
Straight Line Blast 
Unknown 

Lower Tier  


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Submitted By: Jesse Morehouse on Jun 7, 2008
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Description 

This area has the largest concentration of climbs in Big Meadows mostly in the WI3 - WI5/M5 range. The area is South facing and it is one of the warmest areas around which can be great in cold temps but means the ice deteriorates quickly in warm ones. All climbs are melt fed and form up mid to late season most years.

The better climbs are Jab Cross Hook, Straight Line Blast, Married With Children, Punishment For Gluttons, and Highjacked.

Beginner and intermediate climbers can find a variety of lines on the far right (beginning) of the cliff.

Most climbs are walk-offs but some have belay/rap anchors in boulders above the topouts.

There can be avy danger from the slopes above these climbs after large dumps but they firm up pretty quick due to the South-facing aspect.

Getting There 

If the creek is frozen, you can hike in the packed road for 1/4 mile and preview the climbs at a distance before snowshoeing over the creek to the climbs of your choice. Otherwise, go right before the bridge on the old road and take it in to the climbs.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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]


Featured Route For Lower Tier
10 below and lovin' it.  Well, almost.  The hood was nice to have while tunnelling through the cornice.

Married With Children WI4+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Lower Tier
This one would be easier if you weren't....This is a very melt-dependent climb. It is not in all the time.Climb the obvious, right-facing dihedral using the ice on the right wall and rock on the left. The topout can be character building if no one has been on it recently. Belay and rap from Metolius rap anchors in block over the top.It has maximum value from bottom to top, and thank goodness for those stems! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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