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Routes in US Highway 550

Type: Trad, Ice, 160 ft
FA: don't know
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Shared By: Charlie Nuttelman on Jan 22, 2002
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is an awesome route, it has more than 160 feet of steep, straightforward Grade 4 ice. There is thin ice on the top, but it can be bypassed by traversing right on mixed terrain.


Bring a large piece of webbing to attach to bridge; a cam was placed as a secondary anchor point. Bring your bridge scrambling skills!

Toprope Protection

The east side of the bridge above Bear Creek Falls was used as a top-rope anchor. Probably you can use the west side as well, but it would be more difficult and I don't know how the Dept. of Transportation feels about using their bridge as an anchor.


As of January 23, Bear Creek Falls was in fat (at least the bottom) and had some sweet ice, although the top was thin (be careful of falling in the creek!). Jan 26, 2002

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