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Routes in US Highway 550

Type: Ice, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Ben Bruestle on Mar 19, 2006
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route is a classic; its size, visibility, and once in a blue moon trait of actually being in are the reasons that come to mind. You need to hit it during a cloudy cold snap since it faces south. When I did it, it was pretty mushy.


Tucked back in the east corner of Ouray, Cascade Falls can be seen from almost anywhere in town. Drive up 8th Ave as far as you can. Follow the packed trail and signs to the falls.


Two bolt anchor in shale ledge to left at top of first pitch. I used pins for anchor at top of the 2nd pitch.


Descend by walking and rapping off ledges and cliffs to the right although it takes a long time. I think you could probably continue up and to the left and rap from the trees at the edge of the cliff back to the first pitch anchor with 2 ropes.


Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Interestingly, had a conversation with a local who said that this goes up an additional 6 pitches. Curious, I chatted with a lady from OMS who said it goes way further than that based upon a canyoneering adventure one summer. Anyone does all these steps? Feb 25, 2010
Hi Leo, I haven't climbed it in the winter, but I have descended it canyoning-style in the summer several times. There are at least two waterfalls upstream that are around 200' high and many more in the 50-100' range. I've heard of a few folks who have climbed it all in the winter as a long alpine route. Summer pictures are here - drop me a line if you would like me to dig up the lengths of the rest of the drop lengths for you from my notes. Feb 25, 2010
Kerr Adams
Albuquerque, NM
Kerr Adams   Albuquerque, NM
Amazing climb. You can rappel the route if there is no one below you instead of rappelling off to the right. There is a large tree up and left after you finish the second pitch with webbing and a quicklink. Two 60m rappels gets you to the ground. Jan 2, 2015

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