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The Plumb

WI4+ M6+, Trad, Mixed, Ice,  Avg: 2.5 from 2 votes
FA: Tom Dickey?
Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Tenmile Canyon aka Of…


Fun, funky route that looks less steep and less interesting than it is. Right of Round the Corner. Up verglas in middle of slab. Up rock up the plumb line to smattering of ice to short bit of ice at the top. 100' to ground.


Would need bolts or thin pins to protect on lead. Can TR off anchor for Right of Round the Corner.

Toprope Protection

There is an anchor to the right with slings around a root backed up to an angle and jammed knots.


Probably an hour. Expect 1000' of gain.

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[Hide Comment] This climb has been protected by confidence in climbing ability. Mar 29, 2003
Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Please be aware that an ice dam can form on this route.

When we climbed the left side of this route on 1/20/06, I broke an ice dam. The route was in very fat - it was ice only, about WI3. The dam was on the low-angle bench just before the final ice step. While leading the upper step, I broke off piece of ice. When the ice landed on the flatter section it broke the dam. A sheet of ice about 5 feet by 10 feet wide and 1 foot deep exploded off the (climber's) right side of the climb, just below what is usually the rock section. Water loudly gushed out of the hole for a couple minutes. It was impressive.

Since I was above the dam and my belayer was down and left, neither of us was in danger. Jan 21, 2007
Cheyenne Chaffee
North Conway, NH
[Hide Comment] I've climbed this route several times over the years. It's a nice alternative if the pillar on Round the Corner is sketchy/out/too hard. The conditions vary a lot year to year. Some short screws and a small selection of wires, cams (0.5-2), and nerves help protect the route. It can be topped out as a long (150ft) pitch, but the upper rock gully is fairly loose and hard to protect. That being said, it's worth it and will send you on your way to the upper pitches of Round the Corner. Dec 6, 2012