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Mr. Mesa WI5-6
Mrs. Mesa WI5-6
Type: Ice, Alpine, 175 ft
FA: Douglas Lossner and John Rybal, 1997
Page Views: 1,902 total, 20/month
Shared By: Douglas Lossner on Nov 24, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

One long pitch of hard ice.

It is WI5/6+ depending on time of year, line, and if you lead it or not. It is Grade I to V depending on if you get to it before Lands End road closes and you can drive to within 100 feet of the rappel in, or you ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or you take a snowmobile to within 100 feet of the rappel.

Location

Coal Creek where it dumps over the rim of Grand Mesa.

Mrs. Mesa is located right where Coal Creek drops over the rim of The Mesa, about 2.5 to 3 miles from lands end towards highway 65. Approach by Four wheel drive before road closes or is impassable, or ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or snowmobile 17 miles round trip from highway 65. As of winter 2010, Lands End road is not groomed all the way to Coal Creek drainage so trail blazing has become necessary after 3 miles where the grooming takes a north fork and circles around to Lands End. Without groomed trails the snow fall and cold temperatures this year made for bottomless snow conditions where Lands End Road was in the trees. To get there this winter we needed to start at the City Intake on Kannah Creek Road. Coal Creek Basin Trail for 4.9 miles to Coal Creek Trail west for .2 miles to Switchback Trail. SB trail to rim at least 1 mile, then 1 mile west to Coal Creek. 4,000 vert. feet. and at least 7 miles.

Protection

Screws.

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You're committed once you rap in. The best option for escape would be to leave a fixed line and bring ascenders. Jan 25, 2016
Kyle Tarry
Portland, OR
Kyle Tarry   Portland, OR
If you approach this route from the top and rap in, is there an alternative escape if it doesn't go?

Planning on being in the area with access to snowmobiles in February, looks like a great objective. Trying to understand the commitment level after rapping in. Jan 18, 2016