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Chockstone Chimney

WI3-4 R, Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, Grade II,  Avg: 2.3 from 54 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Ouray (Ice/Mixed) > Camp Bird Road
Access Issue: Yield to mining vehicle traffic Details

Description

This is uphill from Skylight. Previously, the info had been incorrect on this route.

Walk under the first chockstone, climb a short ice bulge, continue up low angled slopes to a screw belay at the base of the larger ice bulge. Climb the steep bulge (left), or simulclimb up (right) on snow under the big chockstone. Continue until the next moderate ice bulge (the gully narrows here), where you can establish a screw belay. Climb to the top of the ice, then make a short climb/traverse trending left (on crappy rock) to a snow ramp which leads to the top. There is loose rock here, and it will get funneled onto the belayer, so position the belay wisely.

Protection

Ice screws can be useful where the ice is fat enough. Bring rock gear.

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Second pitch.
[Hide Photo] Second pitch.
Beyond the big chockstone.  Upper Chockstone Chimney on February 23, 2008.<br>
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Photo by Matt Newman
[Hide Photo] Beyond the big chockstone. Upper Chockstone Chimney on February 23, 2008. Photo by Matt Newman
Thick ice but lots of snow make for a short climb in Chockstone Chimney on February 23, 2008.<br>
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Photo by Matt Newman
[Hide Photo] Thick ice but lots of snow make for a short climb in Chockstone Chimney on February 23, 2008. Photo by Matt Newman
Just so you know what it looks like under all that ice. (photo by Jayna Waters)
[Hide Photo] Just so you know what it looks like under all that ice. (photo by Jayna Waters)
Feb '07. The upper section. There was a short rock traverse (left) to a snow ramp after the ice ended.  Bring tricams, a small selection of cams, and be prepared for some loose rock.
[Hide Photo] Feb '07. The upper section. There was a short rock traverse (left) to a snow ramp after the ice ended. Bring tricams, a small selection of cams, and be prepared for some loose rock.
Feb '07. Simulclimbing the snowy middle section. The views up through this slot are way cool.
[Hide Photo] Feb '07. Simulclimbing the snowy middle section. The views up through this slot are way cool.
Feb. '07. Bottom section.
[Hide Photo] Feb. '07. Bottom section.

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[Hide Comment] Second pitch is in above this climb. Mixed conditions at the top. Placement of ice screws can be tough, bring rock. Anchor at top is a bit away so be sure to bring two ropes of have a hairy long down climb. Jan 12, 2004
[Hide Comment] Eds. reference to an incorrect photo:

I've posted some newer photos of what the guidebooks say is Chockstone Chimney (the old McTiernan guidebook is actually better for identifying these climbs than the newer Roberts guidebook -- that is assuming McTiernan got it right :-).

This is a fun route that is not hard. The views up and down the route (especially looking up under the big chockstone) are very cool.

Here's one way to do it (in the conditions we found). Walk under the first chockstone, climb a short ice bulge, continue up low angled slopes to a screw belay at the base of the larger ice bulge. Climb the steep bulge (left), or simulclimb up (right) on snow under the big chockstone. Continue until the next moderate ice bulge (the gully narrows here), where you can establish a screw belay. Climb to the top of the ice, then make a short climb/traverse trending left (on crappy rock) to a snow ramp which leads to the top. There is loose rock here, and it will get funneled onto the belayer, so position the belay wisely. Feb 14, 2007
Kyle Tarry
Portland, OR
  WI4
[Hide Comment] With significant snow on the route in March 2017, the first chockstone was completely buried, and there was no ice whatsoever required to get to the big overhead chockstone. Good steep ice on the left of the big chockstone with a slung tree to rap from. Upper pitch was thin/out.

I think that the R-rating is only for the second pitch, the first pitch (next to the big overhead chockstone) was fat and very easy to protect. Mar 6, 2017