Type: Trad, Ice, 200 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: Kevin Donald, Duncan Ferguson and International Alpine School students the winter of '75/'76
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Apr 13, 2005
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a fun, 2 pitch route uphill from Skylight. Wallow up snow to nook. It was featured in the ice video, On Ice.

P1. Go up and left up a lower-angled ramp, and belay left of vertical curtain.

P2. 2nd pitch goes out right up vertical curtain and to the right. Rappel 60m off trees. Alternatively, you may be able to go left up the low angled ice.

Less helmet ice than Skylight.

Protection

Ice screws and lack of brains.

Photos

Climbed Slip Sliding Away earlier today and it was pretty good. Very warm in Ouray and at the climb, things are wet and need some cold weather. Most of Skylight area climbs are really thin. Also, Lake City is in and ready to go. Nov 24, 2002
Greetings, I'm fairly certain that the FA of "Slip Sliding Away" was Kevin Donald, Duncan Ferguson and International Alpine School students the winter of '75/'76. I do not remember seeing it in shape when Jeff Lowe, Kevin Donald, and David Brashears did "The Skylight" in '74/'75, It is named after the Simon and Garfunkel song. Cheers!, Kevin Donald Feb 8, 2004
Scott Bower
Fort Collins, CO
  WI4
Scott Bower   Fort Collins, CO
  WI4
I recommend doing this as a single, long pitch if you have enough gear and a 60m. Rope drag was not a problem and you get a nice, big, tree belay at the top. Plus, the top is in the sun after late morning. Jan 2, 2007
Kevin Craig  
 
Second the recommendation to do it as one long pitch. There is sometimes another pitch that forms up above the tree belay. Wallow up snow to a thin lower angle gully grovel - even when there, the ice is thin and the pro tricky. The climbing is easier than the first pitch however. Worth doing if it's formed and you're there anyway. A seemingly solid dead tree on the left with slings/cord provides an anchor to rap to the initial tree belay. 2 x 60m ropes/raps.

Lastly, though the "On Ice" video says the climb depicted is Slip-Slidin' it looks a lot more like Slippery When Wet. Feb 1, 2008
Armin climber
Westminster, CO
Armin climber   Westminster, CO
Anyone know route and FA info of the mixed/bolted route just right of the main ice flow. Feels about M6 WI5, chain anchor at the top. Highly recommended. Feb 9, 2009
Route to right is "Shattered Dreams" Photo - Jason Nelson. Jan 31, 2011