All Locations > Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Ouray (Ice/Mixed) > Uncompahgre Gorge… > Outhouse Wall (aka Shithouse Wall)
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|Type:||Trad, Ice, 110 ft|
|FA:||unknown to me|
|Page Views:||372 total, 2/month|
|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Feb 5, 2003|
|Admins:||Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis climb is located in the lower part of the canyon, near the entrance to Box Canyon. It is, as of 2003, the second-most downhill part of the Ice Park (just upstream from the Gazebo area). It is most easily found by locating the bricked outhouse downstream from the lower bridge of the Ouray Ice Park. It nearly lines up with the Men's Room end (downhill) of the building. It is currently the 4th most downhill of ice blobs in this area.To TR, find a large tree and use long slings to extend the belay spot to beyond the fence. To lead, it is probably easiest to rap in. Note, a single 60m rope may not quite reach the river bottom. The ice can be quite fragile due to the abundant sunshine bathing this wall. Beware of falling ice if you belay from below.
Ascend 50 feet of easier ice, thin in spots from the river bottom to base of the double pillars. This can form a shell of ice above the good ice below. Good stomping on the rappel can reduce the quantity of ice hammering your belayer if he/she lies below. Get a great rest here. Stem up about 30 feet up a pair of ice pillars that ease your calf work considerably. Note, the ice can cleave off in large chunks on this section due to the solar effect on the ice. I took a chunk to the face on this bit.