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Sendero Illuminoso

WI4, Ice, Alpine, 425 ft (129 m), Grade II,  Avg: 3.8 from 20 votes
FA: Todd Cozzens, Jeff Cristol 2/92
Wyoming > Cody > S Fork Shoshone (Ice)

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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2/3rd the way up
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1st Pitch
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First pitch bulked up on mega dose of roids.  It's never this swol.
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2/9/18
[Hide Photo] First pitch bulked up on mega dose of roids. It's never this swol. 2/9/18
Part way up 1st pitch
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bob branscomb
Lander, WY
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] Conditions as of 1.12.12. Very thin and likely a solo climb at this point (un-protectable).
Jan 12, 2012
aleday
 
[Hide Comment] FYI, GPS coordinates for the base of the route are:
44.15116N -109.57282W Jan 3, 2015
Martin le Roux
Superior, CO
[Hide Comment] 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