Illusional - aka Talus Hill Climb
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Routes in Gunnison River Valley
|After School Special T,TR WI4-5|
|Illusional - aka Talus Hill Climb T WI4- PG13|
|Type:||Trad, Ice, 130 ft, Grade II|
|FA:||'70s or '80s most likely|
|Page Views:||737 total, 7/month|
|Shared By:||Greg Sievers on Feb 17, 2009|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe top 1/3 of this route is occasionally visible from CR3 as you drive south toward Sherman. It's a pure ice route. The approach is straightforward.
There is now an 8mm rope/sling around a 12" spruce about 20' beyond the crest of the ice, to rap the route.
There is a nice WI2 ice ramp along the falls left side.
As you view the cliff band, this route is seen in 'the' notch. I doubt you'd want to try to walk off - it would suck, and take forever.
= Cross the Gunnison River at a point just south of the small canyon, and stay in the dark timber as much as possible on the ascent. The talus is large and heinous. (Perhaps on a huge snow year, skinning up and skiing down will be fun and fast).
Once within 100' of base of the wall, take a hard right and traverse to the route.
From the road - plan just under one hour for the approach. On a good snow year, the approach would be more like 30 minutes.
Early ascents: Howard Pike in 1996 also by Matt Touchette and Ty Bones in 2003.
It is further suspected that Jeff Lowe & Mike Weis may have have hit these natural lines in the '70s?
LocationSouth of Lake San Cristobal.
1/2 mile south of the intersection of CR3 & CR33, 500' above the road on the east (left).
You can see the top half from a point just south of the narrows, and also again from the sunny valley bottom another one mile south.