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Alberta Falls Wall 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 4
Andrews Creek & The Gash 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 8 / 12 / 12
Glacier Gorge 16 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 17 / 1 / 8 / 24 / 24
Loch Vale & uphill 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 1 / 21 / 0 / 29
Loch Vale Gorge 13 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 16
Parking Lot Ice 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
World Cup Wall 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 8
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Shared By: Malcolm Daly on Oct 24, 2006
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This is an organizational entry to help clean up the database.

The cliffs bordering the east and north sides of Thatchtop offer the most consistent, accessible and greatest variety of ice climbs in the park. Low angle slabs, thin mixed climbs, free-hanging icicles, top roping and pure ice falls abound here. This is also the most crowded area in the park, and it is not uncommon to see 15-25 parties in the area when the ice is "in". Classic routes are everywhere: Mixed Feelings gives you the chance to try dry-tooling to a free hanging pillar is a fairly safe environment; the Curtains are a perfect top-rope area. If you're lucky, the Glacier Knobs right above the parking lot, will have some long thin smears coming down, and you'll save the hike AND entertain the tourists. Some of these have been entered under World Cup Wall by Greg Sievers.

Farther up the valley, above timberline, you'll find more routes on Thatchtop (Necrophilia has to be the best mixed climb in its category), the permanent snowfields of Powell-Thatchtop (summer routes), the fine mixed routes on Powell, like the Vanquished, routes on Mt. Taylor, possibly routes in the Cathedral Spires area (?), routes on the Cathedral Wall, and routes just above Loch Vale. These are listed under the Loch Vale & uphill section, for now.

Closer to further in:

Parking Lot Wall

Parking Lot Ice

Alberta Falls

Alberta Falls Wall

From the Mills' Lake/Loch Vale Junction (L->R):

Glacier Gorge/Mills' Lake/Black Lake

Glacier Gorge

to Loch Vale

Loch Vale Gorge

Loch Vale and Uphill/Thatchtop North side/Powell/Mt. Taylor/Cathedral Spires

Loch Vale & uphill

Andrews Creek area/Andrews' Tower/Sharkstooth/Forbidden Tower/Otis Peak/Zowie/What

Andrews Creek & The Gash

Lake Haiyaha area
World Cup Wall

Getting There

From the eastern side of RMNP, drive up the Bear Lake Rd to Glacier Gorge's parking lot, about 1 mile short of its terminus. From here, hike uphill about 0.3 miles. Go left to the 2nd bridge. At this point, you have 3 choices. Efficiency is likely determined by how much snow & which trails have been stomped down. The climber's trails go after the 2nd bridge either at the bottom of the drainage (sometimes the deepest snow, sometimes the best ski) or the along the left side of the drainage, climbing to as much as 100' above its bottom on a summer trail. The longest trail goes along the widest summer trail past Alberta Falls (typically buried in snow, at most WI1) to junction of the trail that splits towards Mill's Lake & Glacier Gorge. The climber's trails join here. Follow the signs towards Loch Vale. For Loch Vale Gorge, hike the trail until you get to a tight switchback, then drop down & left. For climbs Loch Vale & above, continue up the summer trail to Loch Vale & beyond!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4- R
All Mixed Up
Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
WI4 M5
Mixed Feelings
Trad, Mixed, Ice
WI5-6 M5 R
Deep Freeze
Trad, Mixed, Ice
Black Lake - West Gully
Trad, Ice, Alpine 5 pitches
Black Lake Slabs
Trad, Ice, Alpine
WI5 M7+
Free Strike Zone
Trad, Mixed, Ice
Crystal Meth
Trad, Ice
Taylor Glacier
The Hourglass Couloir
Mixed, Alpine 6 pitches
WI5 M5
Vanquished (Powell Peak)
Mixed, Ice 5 pitches
The Trough
M3+ R
Trad, Mixed
WI4+ PG13
Ice, Alpine
Brain Freeze
Mixed, Alpine 8 pitches
Dog House
Trad, Mixed 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
All Mixed Up Glacier Gorge > Thatchtop Mt (SE aspect) WI4- R Trad, Ice, Alpine 4 pitches
Mixed Feelings Loch Vale Gorge WI4 M5 Trad, Mixed, Ice
Deep Freeze Loch Vale & uphill WI5-6 M5 R Trad, Mixed, Ice
Black Lake - West Gully Glacier Gorge > Glacier Creek Drainage including… WI3-4 Trad, Ice, Alpine 5 pitches
Black Lake Slabs Glacier Gorge > Glacier Creek Drainage including… WI2-3 Trad, Ice, Alpine
Free Strike Zone Loch Vale Gorge WI5 M7+ Trad, Mixed, Ice
Crystal Meth Loch Vale Gorge WI4+ Trad, Ice
Taylor Glacier Loch Vale & uphill Trad
The Hourglass Couloir Glacier Gorge > Arrowhead M4 Mixed, Alpine 6 pitches
Vanquished (Powell Peak) Loch Vale & uphill WI5 M5 Mixed, Ice 5 pitches
The Trough Glacier Gorge > Long's Peak (western aspect) Alpine
Quicksilver Loch Vale & uphill M3+ R Trad, Mixed
Stoneman Glacier Gorge > Glacier Creek Drainage including… WI4+ PG13 Ice, Alpine
Brain Freeze Andrews Creek & The Gash M5+ Mixed, Alpine 8 pitches
Dog House Loch Vale & uphill M5+ Trad, Mixed 5 pitches
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