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Mrs. Mesa 

WI5-6

   
Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 175'
Consensus: 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
Jim Whalen after surviving a fractured overhanging curtain that left him dangling by one axe and feet hanging in free space at 150ft. You're a STUD, dude!
Jim Whalen after surviving a fractured overhanging...
Douglas on lead, Richard on belay.
Douglas on lead, Richard on belay.
March 13th, 2010, 1 day ascent of Mrs. Mesa. 14 miles, 4000 ft. up, 4000 ft. down, 13 hours. Coal Creek Basin Trail to Coal Creek Trail, to Swithcback Trail, to Rim, 1 mile to Mrs. Mesa. Matt Cova climbing, Jason Adams belaying.
March 13th, 2010, 1 day ascent of Mrs. Mesa. 14 mi...
D. Lossner on Mrs. Mesa.
D. Lossner on Mrs. Mesa.
Betty Thorson 40ft. up. Only 135ft. to go! Go Betty Go!!
Betty Thorson 40ft. up. Only 135ft. to go! Go Bett...
B. Thorson.
B. Thorson.
Full view.
Full view.
Chris Gebhart and Randy Harris.
Chris Gebhart and Randy Harris.
Mrs. Mesa, mid-winter conditions. Feb. 2004. Climber: Jim LaRue, Jackson, WY.
Mrs. Mesa, mid-winter conditions. Feb. 2004. Climb...
Douglas Lossner and Betty Thorson.
Douglas Lossner and Betty Thorson.
Climber: Matt Cova, Grand Junction, CO. 3-13-2010.
Climber: Matt Cova, Grand Junction, CO. 3-13-2010.
Mrs. Mesa from the base.
Mrs. Mesa from the base.
"Belay Camp" 3-10-2012. Soaking up the warm sunshine! <br />Betty, Richard, Douglas, Artemis, Barry.
"Belay Camp" 3-10-2012. Soaking up the warm sunshi...
Jim Whalen rappeling in for the lead out. <br />Nov. 29, 2009.
Jim Whalen rappeling in for the lead out.
Nov. 29,...
R. Harris.
R. Harris.
Jim Whalen beginning the long pitch upward. Nov. 29, 2009.
Jim Whalen beginning the long pitch upward. Nov. 2...
The Crew for 11/29/09. What an AWSOME day!! Jim Whalen, Betty Thorson, Dillon, Douglas Lossner.
The Crew for 11/29/09. What an AWSOME day!! Jim Wh...
Jim Whalen working his way through the "realm of the overhanging". Nov. 29th, 2009.
Jim Whalen working his way through the "realm of t...
Leading up the fat stuff. Feb. 2004. Climber: D. Lossner, Delta, CO.
Leading up the fat stuff. Feb. 2004. Climber: D. L...
Mrs. Mesa, November 27, 2010. Randy Harris, climber.
Mrs. Mesa, November 27, 2010. Randy Harris, climbe...
Matt Cova making cuts out of the Mrs. Mesa cornice. Thank You, Matt.
Matt Cova making cuts out of the Mrs. Mesa cornice...
At least it's warm 4wheel'n. Not home yet. Great adventure. 2.5 days and the gate closes for the winter. Another stellar fall on the Mrs. Mesa.
At least it's warm 4wheel'n. Not home yet. Great a...
Climber: Jason Adams, Mesa CO. 3-13-2010.
Climber: Jason Adams, Mesa CO. 3-13-2010.
Betty Thorson working her way through "The Hall Of Icicles". Nov. 29th, 2009.
Betty Thorson working her way through "The Hall Of...
Starting the 3.5 mile hike back to the vehicles right at sunset. Hikers, Lynda Christensen and Jason Adams.
Starting the 3.5 mile hike back to the vehicles ri...
Nice Smile Betty. You sure make that 5+ look easy.
Nice Smile Betty. You sure make that 5+ look easy.
Mrs. Mesa on March 10, 2012.
Mrs. Mesa on March 10, 2012.
Are you sure this was only your second ice climb ever Dillon!? 14 years old. Go Dude Go!
Are you sure this was only your second ice climb e...
Smile, Artemis!
Smile, Artemis!
Jim Black just happened to be cruising by and decided to stop in for a quick lap before going cross country skiing.
Jim Black just happened to be cruising by and deci...
Brian's first time up Mrs. Mesa!
Brian's first time up Mrs. Mesa!
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