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Routes in The Icebox

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Brain Freeze S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Corneal Abrasion S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Disney on Ice S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Friction Fix T,S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Frozen in Time S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Hemisphere S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ice Age S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ice, Ice, Baby S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Iceboxer, The S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Microfridge, The S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Queen Byron S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Sub-Zero T 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Trads Are People, Too! T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown Crack S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Ian Spencer-Green
Page Views: 1,766 total · 16/month
Shared By: Christopher Barlow on Aug 30, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures January 1- July 31st Details

Description

This route has got to be one of the better hard sport climbs in the South Platte, if not the whole Front Range. While there are still some potato chip flakes that will clean up with more traffic, the route is very aesthetic and demands good fitness, creative technique, and very precise footwork on solid rock.

Start with slightly awkward, scrunchy moves off the ground to a vertical face with long moves on crimps and sidepulls. Cop a rest, and then traverse right (even climbing downward for a move). Do a powerful and highly technical boulder problem over a bulge to reach a jug and a short slab section. At the top of the slab, rest up again for the heartbreaking final boulder problem to the anchors.

Location

The right-trending climb up the middle of the steep west face of the Icebox.

Protection

10 bolts and anchors, stick clip.

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Did you do this route? FA by Ian Spencer-Green. You'll have to wait for the names and grades until the new Elevenmile Canyon guidebook that Bob D'Antonio and I are doing comes out next spring.... Sep 2, 2009
Christopher Barlow  
  5.13
Yes, redpointed 8/29/09 - I thought the rather detailed beta for the climb revealed as much. I left the grade as 5.13, which was deliberately vague while still giving future climbers an accurate idea of what the climb demands.

It's great there's a more comprehensive guidebook coming out for Elevenmile since there has been so much development in the last several years. As for this specific climb, I was mostly wanting to document what I thought was a very high quality route and try to give credit to those with the vision and effort to develop it. If you'd prefer to keep the name and exact letter grade as proprietary information, no worries. The climb can be enjoyed just as well either way. Sep 3, 2009
Lizzzz
 
Lizzzz  
 
More people should get on this coming out to 11 Mile. Icebox is pretty much the opposite of Spray Wall but just as good in its own way, and this route was the coolest. Sep 22, 2015

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