Type: Ice, Alpine, 425 ft, Grade II
FA: Todd Cozzens, Jeff Cristol 2/92
Page Views: 3,133 total · 33/month
Shared By: Jim Amidon on Jan 16, 2011
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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Description

When formed this route is truly pure ecstasy.

Levitation at it's finest.

The first pitch at 55m is unforgettable...

We didn't climb higher so I have no info for that.

Location

Upper Bench

Seemed to take a solid 1.5 hours of steady uphill movement to get there.

When formed it's easy to follow the trail.

Protection

Screws, depending on conditions you can sink 22cm, 17, and stubbies

Bolted 1/2 inch anchors at the top of the 55m pitch.

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bob branscomb
Lander, WY
bob branscomb   Lander, WY
You can continue up the chimney above the 1st pitch for a couple of steep, short steps, about 120m more with much snow. That's as far as I've gone. It's okay for easy mileage, but pretty anticlimatic after that wonderful first pitch. Feb 3, 2011
Justin Locke
Taos, NM
Justin Locke   Taos, NM
Conditions as of 1.12.12. Very thin and likely a solo climb at this point (un-protectable).
Jan 12, 2012
aleday
 
aleday  
 
FYI, GPS coordinates for the base of the route are:
44.15116N -109.57282W Jan 3, 2015
Martin le Roux
Superior, CO
Martin le Roux   Superior, CO
This can be approached from the Bench parking area (44.1685, -109.5840) or the Boulder Basin trailhead (44.1539, -109.6013). Boulder Basin is slightly further as the crow flies but there's a well-defined trail that takes you three-quarters of the way there. If using this approach then leave the trail at about 7,400', head NE for a half-mile across open prairie until the climb comes into view, then turn right and head up the drainage to the base of the climb at 7,800'. Don't go further on the trail, otherwise you'll be in the forest and you'll have to fight your way across endless deadfall to get to the climb (ask us how we know this). Jan 9, 2018