This is a beautiful pitch of ice located in a unique setting (arched, cutout granite) with a good feel to it. Because of the bomber anchor system for belay/rappel at the 100 foot mark, this is a great place to take beginner ice climbers (with good hiking skills). It is also a good place for beginner lead climbers to hone their skills. The entire pitch of Sanders goes above the main anchors, so a short rappel off trees is required to get to the main anchors. I hit a home run taking my girlfriend here for the day. She absolutely loved it. Usually this climb is big, fat, blob, WI3. Because of the unusual amount of snow this year, there is a thick layer of rime that is needing knocked away. Still, very good bomber axes. The approach was very deep snow this day, and snowshoes were a blessing to the rock slabs. Be ready for a strenuous hike.
This route is located on the west side of CO 141, 15.3 miles south towards Gateway from where you get onto CO 141 in Whitewater. It is easy to miss this climb, it is only in view for a brief moment as you drive by. Please be as discreet as possible at this point (won't be easy). This is all private land but does not have "no trespassing" signs. I would try and carpool so as not to have more than one car parked at the access. You can park at the Sunday Wall Parking area (16.4), stage there then take one car back to where you will start the hike. Access has not been an issue to my knowledge at this time. Please be very respectful, we do not want the signs coming out.
Screws, V-threads, great, two bolt anchor system at the 100 foot level.
Full view. Climber: Lynda Christensen.
What you will see from the road. Easy to drive rig...
Lynda Christensen, in the stream bed with Snyders ...
Looking down into the pothole. Look at all that sn...
Self portrait. Awesome Day!
Jan 27, 2013
A 70m rope will just make it down from the nice two bolt upper anchor on this route.