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Helen Hunt Falls? T,TR WI1
Hully Gully WI3+
Medium Rare WI2 M2-3
Phantom, The WI3-4 M6
Silver Cascade Falls WI2
St. Mary's Falls WI2+ PG13
Type: Ice, 100 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: jmeizis on Nov 14, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This low angle ice climb starts off pretty easily and gets harder as one ascends with the crux being around the top. It is a nice climb but a heck of a walk for one, single pitch, ice climb. This would be a good beginning if one planned to hit all the local ice climbs in Cheyenne Canyon.

Location

Take N. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. till the parking lot at Gold Camp Rd. Head west along Gold Camp Rd. for about 1.5 miles where you will pass a tunnel. After the tunnel, you will come to FS trail #624 which you will follow for another 1.6 miles. There are a few offshoot paths, so follow the largest path heading uphill and you'll probably be okay. You stick to the creek most of the time till the end where you'll go up some switchbacks. Follow them uphill, don't get sucked down the hill to the east. Near the base of the falls, you'll come upon a sign that says the base of the falls is 500 feet. You can also take the path that points to the top for 0.2 miles to set up a toprope.

The descent can go down this path as well, and you can anchor on trees to the side.

Protection

Ice screws of varying lengths depending on ice thickness, which can be thick in winter.

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T Burke
Colorado Springs, CO
T Burke   Colorado Springs, CO
Only been there in the summer, but looks like WI1-2. There were about 8 people up there when I was there. Do people actually do that hike for this ice? Long hike for that ice IMO. Oct 4, 2011
Joshua Balke
Colorado Springs
  WI1
Joshua Balke   Colorado Springs
  WI1
Yup, that's the place. Jan 5, 2011
Simon
Colorado Springs
Simon   Colorado Springs
More than balance required and not a place to learn basic crampon technique. You probably didn't walk up far enough.

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Joshua Balke
Colorado Springs
  WI1
Joshua Balke   Colorado Springs
  WI1
Perhaps I've missed the WI2+ area but to my knowledge there is nothing up there that surpasses WI1. The only use of the ice up there is to teach a newcomer to basic crampon technique. No ice tools required for more than balance. Dec 14, 2008