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Real Blue Creek, The WI4-5
Type: Ice, 460 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Shared By: john parsons on Feb 28, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This "elusive" route as described by Jack Roberts in his guide is a great little route. The approach is relatively short --- only 45min. It can be done in two pitches with a 70m rope. P1 is WI3 and P2 is WI 4-5 ice. Great route....great fun. See the photos.


The Real Blue Creek route is down the drainage from the 2nd Old US Hwy 50 pullout (4.9 mi west from the US Hwy 50, CO Hwy 92 junction outside of Gunnison). Ski in below (west of) the Old US Hwy 50 road....just follow the drainage down.


Rap in from the end of the drainage and climb out using ice screws.
To avoid any private land issues, it's possible to approach The Real Blue Creek by parking at mile marker 124, where the canyon narrows on US Hwy 50 (parking for the Curecanti Monster) Descend the steep hill and follow the creek towards Blue Mesa. It's about a 1.5 to 2 hours on snowshoes to get to the Real Blue Creek, and you pass some other little smears and stuff down there as well (perhaps the Yellow Fang?). The Real Blue Creek was looking fat as of yesterday! Feb 16, 2011