Elevation: 10,400 ft
GPS: 37.936, -107.803 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 19,160 total · 31/month
Shared By: Malcolm Daly on Dec 31, 1969 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
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Description

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Bridalveil area

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WI5+
 60
Bridalveil Falls
Trad, Ice 3 pitches
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Ingram Falls Pillar
Ice 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bridalveil Falls
 60
WI5+ Trad, Ice 3 pitches
Ingram Falls Pillar
 4
WI5 Ice 2 pitches
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