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Sublime Vision

M7-8, Trad, Mixed, 800 ft, 6 pitches, Grade IV,  Avg: 3.5 from 2 votes
FA: Josh Wharton and Steve Su
Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge T… > Loch Vale & uphill


I think this is the best mixed route I've done in the park. It has it all, techy, steep, shortish approach, you name it. It's also likely the most sustained, with a hard second pitch crux.

Difficulty on the middle portion of the route will vary greatly depending on the amount of ice, but I think it's alway climable. Spring probably yields the most ice.

Begin on The Sublime Buttress. After the first two pitches (cool frozen hummocks on P1, and very pumpy trad m-ing on P2), traverse a ledge left to join Tunnel Vision. Climb Tunnel Vision to the base of the tunnel pitch (2.5 pitches, M5ish), and move out right to the base of the big steep, left-facing system. Two pitches of engaging M6 to the top.

We rapped the route with two 60 meter ropes.


This begins on the summer rock route "Sublime Buttress." Its location described elsewhere on Mtn Project.


A single set of stoppers, a single set of cams, with extra fingers to hands,and perhaps a screw or two.

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[Hide Comment] Nice, Josh. Any photos? Did you go out the roof? Apr 29, 2011
j wharton
[Hide Comment] Yes, we climbed the roof on pitch two of Sublime Buttress, which is the crux of the route. If you climbed it on a warm, sunny day and could use your hands to jam, it would probably be a bit easier. Was very wintery when Steve and I climbed. Steve took some photos of the upper corner. Hope you go climb it! Be great right now, since we removed a lot of snow. Apr 29, 2011
[Hide Comment] Josh, does this follow the whole "Sublime Buttress" summer rock climb? or veer left into the corner system? Nice job to you and Steve! May 1, 2011
j wharton
[Hide Comment] Blake, it does not climb the entire Sublime Buttress, just the first two pitches. Then left across a ledge (from a tree belay) to join Tunnel Vision for 2.5 pitches. Then right for 2 more pitches up a steep, left-facing corner. Hope you've been well! May 1, 2011