Type: Trad, Ice, 190 ft, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Shared By: JOEY T on Dec 11, 2002
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is a Sweet Colorado ice climb. Start with a bit of scrambling to a bench/alcove that will protect belayer. Climb a steep and a bit long waterfall ice. Protect with rock pro and ice screws. Top out into trees. This is brilliant, it is a must do.

Per kevin donald: this climb was named for Choppo, my nickname for Charlie Fowler.


Small/medium nuts & SLCDs, ice screws, runners and draws, and half (double) ropes will do. There is a slung tree from which to rappel, ~50m.

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I'm not sure what Joey T meant by the comment "half ropes will do ". The pitch is fairly long and requires 2 60 meter ropes for the rap (50 meters might make it to the low angle snow). A good belay can be set off to the right side of the icefall on a sunny bench. There are a couple pockets there that will take a #1 Camalot and a yellow Alien. Be sure to set the belay well to the right. Under the conditions we did it (2-4-03) no rock gear needs to be taken by the leader. The lead is solid WI4 and currently similar to the Rigid Designator in difficulty. Feb 5, 2003
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
Two 50m ropes work just fine for the rap. I have done this several times. Feb 5, 2003
I've climbed the route using mostly ice pro and some rock pro with 60 meter half ropes. Feb 24, 2003
This route was first climbed in '76 and was named for "Choppo" (my nickname for Charlie Fowler) who was just learning to ice climb at the time. He learned really fast! This was one of his first leads if I remember correctly.

Kevin Donald Nov 15, 2004
What a route! Stellar single pitch! It looked irresistible from the road and did not disappoint. Despite the occasional steepness, in places you can rest your back on the chimney wall and get full rests. The crux was topping out (early Feb. 2019), where the chimney narrows and the ice was very thin in places. Recent snowfall also necessitated some excavation. I got a decent stubby in, figured out the best placements on the thin ice, and worked the rock on the left side.

More of a technical challenge and not so physical. Get on it! Feb 14, 2019