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Routes in Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes)

Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hot Potato S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Merry Maids S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Small Fry S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spuds in Space S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Vortex aka Fat Slags S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Sport
FA: Nelson & Wright, 1992
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Nov 6, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Unmistakable, Merry Maids crops up about 200 feet from the ice cave and fires up the corner of a colorful, left-facing dihedral. This rock is still a little sharp, but it has been getting more friendly with use. Big blocks lead to an interesting stemming problem that will dump you off the corner at three quarters height. Negotiate a small bulge just below the anchor.

It is a good warm-up, gets good sun, and has acceptable but not outstanding rock.


A dozen draws and a rope.


Excellent route. Easiest .10 at Rifle Mar 27, 2004
B.J. Sbarra
B.J. Sbarra  
Fun route, easier for taller folks. Aug 2, 2004
This route is in desperate need of bolt replacement. Multiple bolts wiggling in holes, loose nuts, etc. Easy route, but scary protection currently. Sep 22, 2009
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
All of the lead bolts got replaced during the Rifle Cleanup 2010 with fat stainless hardware courtesy of the ASCA. Aug 25, 2010
Curtis Summers
Fort Worth Texas
Curtis Summers   Fort Worth Texas
I love, love, love this route !!! I was there 9/5/2013. About 10-15 feet off the ground is a loose, bowling ball size rock that is loose. Don't grab it. That's what the big X on it means...other than that, enjoy ! Jan 30, 2014
D. Scott Clark
D. Scott Clark   Boulder
Really fun crack climbing on bolts. Stretchy crux. Jun 26, 2017
S. Neoh
S. Neoh  
Thanks to all for the new hardware (even tho they were installed a few years ago). Very nice route. The crux is somewhat height-dependent, but there are a lot of choices for high feet. Sep 1, 2017

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