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Mixed, Alpine, 500 ft, 3 pitches, Grade III,
Avg: 1.6 from 5
FA: Dave Wolf, Ben Collett, March 2009
> CO Ice & Mixed
> RMNP - Mixed/Ice
> Bear Lake Trail…
> Emerald Lake /…
> Hallett Peak -…
> E Buttress
For a route of moderate grade, this route is remarkably continuous, steep and entertaining. It also has a very short approach (about 10 minutes from Emerald Lake).
From the col climb about 45 meters up turfy fun and through a little section of chimney. Belay on a ledgy alcove about 40 feet below the roof. Climb up to and through the roof and onto easier ground above. Either belay at a fixed nut or a bit further up. Climb a last, surprisingly long pitch up to the trees on the ridge.
We descended the ridge towards Bear Lake until we could drop through "the Terrain Park" back to the trail. Midwinter, however, it might be more wise to rappel the route.
This route is located on the wall on the south side of Emerald Lake that is on the north side of the ridge between Tyndall Gorge and Chaos Canyon. Level with where the trail meets Emerald Lake is a section of more continuous cliff with a shallow, left-trending gully on its left side. About halfway up you'll see a roof in it. The route follows this gully. From the terminus of the trail hike straight up the hill and start on a small col at the top of the scree field.
A single rack of rock gear up to a #4 Friend-sized piece.
[Hide Photo] A climber on pitch 1 of Tastee Freeze, Feb./Mar. 2019. The route follows the spindrift. The dihedral variation to pitch 2 (red) looks inviting but becomes very loose halfway up. Not recommended.