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Elevation: 8,806 ft
GPS: 37.571, -106.759 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Ben Bruestle on Dec 31, 1969
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

This area was the first in the San Luis Valley to see ice climbing. It is south facing, so it may be very wet and sun baked at times. There are at least 6 climbs that are almost always in, and more than 30 inconsistent ice or mixed lines in the area. Anything from WI3 to M7.

Getting There

This is located right above the big outhouse/pullout before going over Wolf Creek Pass from the east.

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I've started posting conditions for the entire pass as best as I know them on the Wolf Creek Pass overview page instead of spending the time putting things on individual pages. Dec 21, 2014
Found today: 1 pair ice tools (excavated from the base of Bigcicle, 1 pair gloves. PM me with description, and I'm happy to figure out how to get em back to you and earn myself some good karma points! Jan 14, 2012
Steve Marr
Colorado Springs, CO
Steve Marr   Colorado Springs, CO
Location: 37.571167° N, 106.759333° W Jan 26, 2011
Personal 5 favorite routes in the greater chain station area: Bigsicle, Columbine, Snaggle Tooth (Hidden), Jake Brake and Sometimes (2nd tier). Nary a bolt on the mixed ones and a fun place to push your limits since the climbs are short enough you can push that limit with less committment. A great place to educate yourself for bumping it up a notch in larger venues. Ice climbing in the sun is fun too!

For the real low down on climbing here get Life By the Drop by Jack Hunt. It is the only guide that was written by someone who actually has climbed much here, and since he did most of the FAs, it's a rather authoritative source! It is also one of those guides that is just a fun read. May 27, 2008
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO
Ben Bruestle   Pueblo, CO
The Chain Station is still in, sunbaked yet suprisingly good. Feb 27, 2002
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO
Ben Bruestle   Pueblo, CO
Chain Station is still looking good. It does seem to be seeing more traffic than usual. White Trash and The Bulge are hurting.

Honeymoon Gully, Bigcicle, and Chimney look good. Jan 20, 2002

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