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The Pillar of Pain 


Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus: WI5 [details]
Season: Cody Ice
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Submitted By: Stymingersfink on Dec 22, 2007

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The Pillar of Pain


Aptly named, after all the work it takes to get here, it'd better be in climbable condition! Climb to the top of this massive pillar, then bump right to belay your second from sling anchor.

To descend, rap the pillar, then continue down the drainage rapping High on Boulder. You may retrieve any gear left at the confluence of High on Boulder and Moonrise on your way back to the vehicle.


High in the drainage above High on Boulder... we did Moonrise, then hiked up the steppy drainage to gain a rubble-strewn slope which would provide access to the next drainage left. You will hike past one potential route which may sometimes materialize as an 80' free-standing pillar, IDK. Continue east another 100yds or so.



Photos of The Pillar of Pain Slideshow Add Photo
Nearly home free, with a belay from K.Hirst. One can see the large evergreen to the right of the climb which IIRC, I belayed/rapped from. Be sure to place a screw for the second before traversing right...
Nearly home free, with a belay from K.Hirst. One c...
The Three Amigos, on one of the last short steps above Moonrise, before traversing East into the Pillar Of Pain drainage (located above High on Boulder)
The Three Amigos, on one of the last short steps a...
A photostitched view of the unformed pillar on the way to Pillar Of Pain, featuring clipinmt's standing on the incipient cone for scale.
BETA PHOTO: A photostitched view of the unformed pillar on the...
Ace, K. Hirst and myself in the drainage above Moonrise, seeking to gain enough elevation to traverse East into the Pillar Of Pain
BETA PHOTO: Ace, K. Hirst and myself in the drainage above Moo...

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By Steven Atkin
Dec 20, 2009

The beauty of this route is its varying conditions (like all ice) but this one is especially to return over and over again. Expect grade 5 heebee jeebies in the hands for about 15 minutes while setting up your station.
By Noah8000
From: Vail, CO
Mar 11, 2013
rating: WI5

This gully got avalanched here about 2 weeks ago. We got done climbing it and a rock the size of a microwave flew off the top. Ten seconds later a big wet slide took out the approach step of ice. (as the gullies form sort of a Y once above the approach step of ice, this slide came from the left gully, about 100 feet left of Pillar of Pain) Anyways, just a warning. If we would've been an hour later or earlier, it could of ended badly. Watch out for warm days. There is avy hazard in Cody. Besides that, amazing climb!