Type: TR, Mixed, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Elliott Crooks on Nov 8, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Short free-standing 6-7 inch diameter pillar followed by ice filled corner. The crux is not kicking down the pillar getting into the corner. Short, fun, easy access-the downside is that it only forms up rarely (once a decade?)-it needs a snowfall followed by cold weather. As a pure rock route, it's rated in the 5.7+ to 5.9- range.


Licorice Stick is a black south-facing corner toward the south end of the Grocery Store section of the west rim of Castlewood Canyon, about 80 feet north of where the approach trail hits the cliff at the large flat boulder (by Peaches & Scream). Descend via 3rd/4th class routes south (closest) or north.


TR anchors at top or corner. As a rock route, the corner crack takes cams nicely-in mixed conditions there's not much pro.


Littleton, Co
Ternes   Littleton, Co
Have you ever actually climbed this mixed/ice climb? I would like to know if it has ever been done before. I did it today 2/13/07. It hasn't been climbed on this year as far as I can tell, because I knocked off about a foot of loose ice to get to the good stuff. BTW, as the weather stands right now this climb can only get better. Early morning (start climbing by 7, when the sun comes up) in the next few days SHOULD rock hard, and if you get there soon enough you won't have to deal with too much loose stuff. Enjoy.

P.S.: I chipped away the ice from 2 of the 3 anchors, but it was about 4 inches thick and hard. It's still a bomber anchor, but 3 would be better. Good luck. Feb 13, 2007
Littleton, Co
Ternes   Littleton, Co
This route is no more. Maybe we'll see it again in a few years. Hope some of you had the pleasure of climbing it. Mar 6, 2007
Back in the mid to late eighties, ice climbs formed in the canyon regularly.
One year in particular, every section of rock that exhibited vertical black streaks from water seepage had ice formed on it.
I am guessing that there were no less than a hundred ice pillars thoughout the canyon.
Licorice Stick forms more often than most. Mar 7, 2007
Littleton, Co
Ternes   Littleton, Co
Sweet....wish I was climbing back then...but I think I was playing with legos. Hope it happens again there are so many possibilities my mind can't handle it all! Mar 30, 2007