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Mrs. Mesa 

WI5-6

   
Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 175'
Original: WI5-6 [details]
FA: Douglas Lossner and John Rybal, 1997
Season: Late autum thru early spring
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Submitted By: Douglas Lossner on Nov 24, 2009

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Description 

One long pitch of hard ice.

It is WI5/6+ depending on time of year, line, and if you lead it or not. It is Grade I to V depending on if you get to it before Lands End road closes and you can drive to within 100 feet of the rappel in, or you ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or you take a snowmobile to within 100 feet of the rappel.

Location 

Coal Creek where it dumps over the rim of Grand Mesa.

Mrs. Mesa is located right where Coal Creek drops over the rim of The Mesa, about 2.5 to 3 miles from lands end towards highway 65. Approach by Four wheel drive before road closes or is impassable, or ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or snowmobile 17 miles round trip from highway 65. As of winter 2010, Lands End road is not groomed all the way to Coal Creek drainage so trail blazing has become necessary after 3 miles where the grooming takes a north fork and circles around to Lands End. Without groomed trails the snow fall and cold temperatures this year made for bottomless snow conditions where Lands End Road was in the trees. To get there this winter we needed to start at the City Intake on Kannah Creek Road. Coal Creek Basin Trail for 4.9 miles to Coal Creek Trail west for .2 miles to Switchback Trail. SB trail to rim at least 1 mile, then 1 mile west to Coal Creek. 4,000 vert. feet. and at least 7 miles.

Protection 

Screws.


Photos of Mrs. Mesa Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Whalen after surviving a fractured overhanging...
Jim Whalen after surviving a fractured overhanging...
Rock Climbing Photo: Douglas on lead, Richard on belay.
Douglas on lead, Richard on belay.
Rock Climbing Photo: March 13th, 2010, 1 day ascent of Mrs. Mesa. 14 mi...
March 13th, 2010, 1 day ascent of Mrs. Mesa. 14 mi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Full view.
Full view.
Rock Climbing Photo: R. Harris.
R. Harris.
Rock Climbing Photo: At least it's warm 4wheel'n. Not home yet. Great a...
At least it's warm 4wheel'n. Not home yet. Great a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Gebhart and Randy Harris.
Chris Gebhart and Randy Harris.
Rock Climbing Photo: Douglas Lossner and Betty Thorson.
Douglas Lossner and Betty Thorson.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mrs. Mesa, mid-winter conditions. Feb. 2004. Climb...
Mrs. Mesa, mid-winter conditions. Feb. 2004. Climb...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mrs. Mesa from the base.
Mrs. Mesa from the base.
Rock Climbing Photo: B. Thorson.
B. Thorson.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Whalen rappeling in for the lead out. Nov. 29,...
Jim Whalen rappeling in for the lead out. Nov. 29,...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Belay Camp" 3-10-2012. Soaking up the w...
"Belay Camp" 3-10-2012. Soaking up the w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Whalen beginning the long pitch upward. Nov. 2...
Jim Whalen beginning the long pitch upward. Nov. 2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Whalen working his way through the "realm...
Jim Whalen working his way through the "realm...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Crew for 11/29/09. What an AWSOME day!! Jim Wh...
The Crew for 11/29/09. What an AWSOME day!! Jim Wh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Matt Cova, Grand Junction, CO. 3-13-2010.
Climber: Matt Cova, Grand Junction, CO. 3-13-2010.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading up the fat stuff. Feb. 2004. Climber: D. L...
Leading up the fat stuff. Feb. 2004. Climber: D. L...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mrs. Mesa, November 27, 2010. Randy Harris, climbe...
Mrs. Mesa, November 27, 2010. Randy Harris, climbe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Cova making cuts out of the Mrs. Mesa cornice...
Matt Cova making cuts out of the Mrs. Mesa cornice...
Rock Climbing Photo: Betty Thorson working her way through "The Ha...
Betty Thorson working her way through "The Ha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Jason Adams, Mesa CO. 3-13-2010.
Climber: Jason Adams, Mesa CO. 3-13-2010.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice Smile Betty. You sure make that 5+ look easy.
Nice Smile Betty. You sure make that 5+ look easy.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the 3.5 mile hike back to the vehicles ri...
Starting the 3.5 mile hike back to the vehicles ri...

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By Kyle Tarry
From: Portland, OR
Jan 18, 2016

If you approach this route from the top and rap in, is there an alternative escape if it doesn't go?

Planning on being in the area with access to snowmobiles in February, looks like a great objective. Trying to understand the commitment level after rapping in.
By garrettem
Jan 25, 2016

You're committed once you rap in. The best option for escape would be to leave a fixed line and bring ascenders.

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