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
Punishment for Gluttons
: CO Ice & Mixed
: ... : Lower Tier
This is a strenuous and fun route - currently the hardest on the cliff. From the alcove in the far left side of the cliff, climb a short, strenuous pillar of ice until it ends. Traverse right on rock past a bolt and gear placements to the ice curtain which you climb to the top.Belay and rap from chains on block above climb. You can also walk off climber's left if you want....[more] Browse More Classics in CO