Elevation: 10,400 ft
GPS: 37.936, -107.803 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Malcolm Daly on Dec 31, 1969
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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This beautiful wall features the best ice climb in Colorado: Bridalveil Falls. First climbed by Jeff Lowe and Mike Weis in 1974 using prototype SNARGS and 70cm piolets. This one took real vision. Located on a North facing wall to the East of town, it's close enough to allow a leisurely cup of coffe before the climb, but far enough that the slackers will drive over to Ouray. There are several climbs on the wall that form up depending on conditions. Ask the locals at the Telluride Mountaineer for fresh beta. DO NOT climb on the falls directly below the Power House. This is private property and you'll get arrested and the whole wall will get shut down by the Sheriff.

Getting There

Colorado Ave (Hwy 145) is the main drag through town. Drive East to the Pandora Mill and park at the gate. Hike up the road until you're at the wall. If avalanches rule that day, keep to the drainage. Takes about an hour for most people. If you ski up, the descent will only take a few minutes. From the top of the falls, either rappel, or if avalanche conditions are moderate, walk around behind the Power House and descend the gully. DO NOT touch the Power House!!

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JG & DR climbed Bridalveil on Sunday 3/2/03. Climb is in excellent condition! First pitch is mostly comprised by the exfoliating inverted snow cone. Looked a lot easier than it was. Second pitch is sustained and super fun on excellent ice. The thrid pitch has a full on shower spraying over a fair share of the route, depending on which way the wind is blowing. We found v-threads at the top of the snow cone and again at the first belay, but that was it. We [opted] for the walk off despite the substantial [avalanche] conditions. Since there is a cat track from the mine up past the climb which goes to a point about half way between the base of the climb and the top of the climb, we knew we could at least move quickly through the [avalanche] paths and hopefully be spared. Mar 7, 2003
Any feel for whether or not Idarado's sale of high-zoot home sites will further complicate access to Bridal Veil? Or might it simplify things, now that Idarado will be out of the picture? Just wondering... Nov 3, 2003
So what's the deal with Bridalveil? Seen lots of reports that it's getting climbed. Is this legal now? Please say it's so. Dec 31, 2003
Malcolm Daly
Boulder, CO
Malcolm Daly   Boulder, CO
Bridalveil Falls Open to Climbing
Thanks to the efforts of Steve Johnson and the Telluride climbing community, Bridalveil Falls will be opened to climbing on December 1, 2008. Climbers must use the new descent route established to the right of the route. Walk-offs are not allowed and doing so will jeopardize future access.

Note that 2/3 of this descent is free hanging and the final one is 200' long. Nov 21, 2008
Thanks Mal - Q. Is 'x' directional permanent or suggested, also is there any permanent rap setup at top (if not please suggest) much thanx in advance, take care. ~k~. Nov 24, 2008
Malcolm Daly
Boulder, CO
Malcolm Daly   Boulder, CO
The rap is fixed from the top to the bottom. The whole purpose is to get people away from the powerhouse and make an independent rap line to the ground. Not sure of the specifics of the directional but will find out. I'm talking to Steve Johnson later today.
Mal Nov 25, 2008
It will open December 5, 2008, not on the 1st as originally planned.

A climber’s general information meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the county meeting room, Miramonte Building, 303 West Colorado Ave (2nd floor) Telluride, CO. All interested climbers are invited to attend.

This agreement was reached through negotiations between The Trust for Public Land and the Idarado Mining Company, with support and advocacy from Colorado’s San Miguel County, the Telluride Mountain Club and the Access Fund. Steve Johnson and a number of other locals have been driving it all along. Steve has been working on this for well over a decade! It awards a revocable public access license that grants climbers access to this world-class ice climb. Many thanks to everyone for coming together to reclaim this Colorado classic.

For the full press release, seeaccessfund.org/display/page…. Also check out the route photo and rules sheet above. Nov 26, 2008