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.
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 For the CO Ice & Mixed area.
Weather station 3.7 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Lower Tier
Married With Children
: 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