All Locations > Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Ouray (Ice/Mixed) > Uncompahgre Gorge… > Lower Bridge to Scottish Gullies
Avg: 3.3 from 11 votes
|FA:||Dave Morales (sp?) of Seattle or Dave Bangert?|
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|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Feb 5, 2003|
|Admins:||Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis is a deceiving route. From the other side of the canyon, the crux of this climb looks like a merely wavy wall perhaps a touch beyond the vertical. Yet, from below, the crux feels like it overhangs 6-10 feet in 25. Not as steep as the heinous cave routes of Vail, but, nonetheless, biceps beware!
Find this route as the second area downstream from the lower bridge ascending a chunk of rock on the West side of the gorge. There appears to be a splitter crack in the middle of the wall. It lies just upstream from Popsicle and the hanging curtain of Dreamsicle.
Ascend moderate ice from the river to a good ledge below the rock. The pump starts early on the rock here with a bit of overhang. You may likely need to slot your hammer as the crack widens. Choke up high and reach a pick slot. From here, it gets trickier with some torqued picks in the crack or possibly balance on sloping face holds. Feet scratch around on sloping face holds. Rear back for a good pick slot. Long reaches to delicate pick slots on wedged chockstones move you up higher. Find another good pick slot. Match. From here you can move right onto the curtain if it is thick enough (not for me). Or, move left on rock until you gain a big flat edge. May the ice be thick and solid on top. Whoa! A pumper for such a short crux. This may be very desperate to fiddle with pro on this headwall.
Definitely more desperate than Tic Tac or Jesus Built My Finger Crack.
ProtectionFor the route we did, bring rock gear to about 2 1/2" plus screws/slings. There were no bolts.
Add: shows an entirely different route (with bolts) than what we understood to be Super Dave.