Elevation: 9,730 ft
GPS: 40.311, -105.652 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Dec 5, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

This is a pleasant short cliff, described in B. Gillett's excellent guidebook, that holds a variety of leaner ice and mixed lines that requires very little effort for the approach. This cliff is easily ignored by those in search of demanding, longer, classic lines. However, for those interested in a shorter, lighter sampling of RMNP ice, find at least 9 lines varying from WI3 to M7 here. Generally the lines are less than vertical though some of the starts can be steeper. Most lines can be led or toproped. Rock gear and short ice screws should be included if you want to lead. Long slings are useful for TRs. Some of the lines do catch sun here and the gearup area can be bathed in glorious winter sunlight in the morning. B. Gillett's guidebook warns of avalanche potential. Use caution.

There is another area nearby with Olympics Games, but that probably should be added under Chaos Creek.

Getting There

Enter RMNP via the Beaver Meadows (southern) entrance and turn L shortly after passing the entrance station. Go to the end of the road at Bear Lake's large parking lot. Take the trail towards Dream & Emerald Lake 0.5 miles to Nymph Lake. Go to the far end of the lake on the trail. Just after the trail takes a sharp L turn, break off R perhaps 50 yards to a 80-100 foot cliff with ice dripping down. This should be no more than 150 yards from Nymph Lake.

You can see some of the Keyboard of the Winds from here.

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