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WI3-4

   
Type:  Ice, 2 pitches, 250', Grade II
Consensus: WI3-4 [details]
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Submitted By: Douglas Lossner on Jan 18, 2011

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Lynda Christensen moving off the vertical. 1st pit...

Description 

This is a very beautiful climb that follows a narrow cleft in the rock that tops out in the same place that the hike into Snyder Falls meets the stream bed. Both Snyder Creek climbs are very unique and well worth experiencing. Snyder Cleft is harder and on warm days wet, hollow, and run out. The chockstone move at the halfway point is protected with an angle and was very much appreciated by my lead climber. The top of the second pitch, around a second chockstone was not so friendly this warm day.

Location 

Park at the same local as Snyder Falls and where the trail heads right towards the rock slabs hang a left into the stream bed to the cleft. Obvious.

Protection 

Screws, 1 piton. Some rock pro for the second belay.


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Matt, negotiating with the first chockstone. Thanks for the angle.
Matt, negotiating with the first chockstone. Thank...
Photo from where you enter the stream bed.
Photo from where you enter the stream bed.
Snyder Cleft as seen from CO 141.
BETA PHOTO: Snyder Cleft as seen from CO 141.
Bottom of the first pitch. Wet, chandeliered ice.
Bottom of the first pitch. Wet, chandeliered ice.
Matt, contemplating his moves over the second chockstone, with the knowledge that his pro may be worthless!? My assessment on second, "It Was".
Matt, contemplating his moves over the second choc...
Matt Cova, Grand Junction, leads the first pitch.
Matt Cova, Grand Junction, leads the first pitch.
The crux moves on the top of the second pitch. Lynda Christensen.
The crux moves on the top of the second pitch. Lyn...

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