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North of the Animas Valley scattered along the US Highway 550 corridor there are serveral ice climbs that form. These routes are not the most consistent, but during the right year provide some good climbing. The area classic that should not be missed is Seven Year Itch - steep and exciting climbing up an often thin pillar of ice.
From Durango, take US Highway 550 north through Hermosa. See climbs for more detailed directions.
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Highway Robbery WI3 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
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Crater Creek Falls WI3-4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
A unique San Juan adventure that sees few ascents. Definitely do this one when the snow is non-existent to appreciate it fully.Pitch One - Fat cruiser ice 150' - grade 3.Pitch Two - Crux pitch, left and right variations 175' - grade 4-.Pitch Three - Cruiser ice to the top 150' - grade 3....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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