Type: Mixed, Ice, 1000 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: Some old guys in hobnail boots
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Shared By: C. Trimble on Nov 25, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a good, long gully climb located left of the large "Highway to Hell" gully. It was likely climbed decades ago. We only saw 2 old rap slings en route, both below the icicle up high. It is rarely fat but seems to be present every winter as an excellent scrappy/thin tour. It has obvious high avalanche danger in bad snow conditions (beware huge slopes above even if snow is shallow in gully). We climbed a pitch of rock to the right of the obvious, hanging icicle in choss 2/3rds of the way up. No doubt the icicle will go for someone, but we backed off due to nasty choss.

I'm posting this climb to (1) encourage everyone to climb it, (2) thin out the crowds on the other heavily-hacked classics in Eureka, and (3) to hopefully get some more info on its history.

The route provides some very fun thin ice/easy mixed climbing and is a worthy addition to the area. There is NO reason to wait in line for the fat, blue cruisers. Get on it!

Location

Take standard STH approach, but continue downstream to the base of the route before the entrance to the prominent "Highway to Hell" gully system.

Either finagle a descent via v-threads/trees/rock gear or walk over to the STH downclimb like we did. The walk-off would not be a good idea with any kind of avy hazard.

Protection

Standard early season rack w/ emphasis on thin ice pro: stubbies, rock gear, etc.

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justin dubois
Estes Park
justin dubois   Estes Park
CT rumble king of the scrap! Nov 26, 2011
Dan.Schultz
SW Colorado
  WI4-5 M3-4
Dan.Schultz   SW Colorado
  WI4-5 M3-4
Climbed yesterday; there was more ice than in the photo. The "icicle" up top was a slightly beyond-vertical pillar. Definitely climbable - could go at WI5. I would recommend the route. Nov 12, 2013