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Routes in Moraine Park/Fern Lake Trailhead

Jaws Falls T WI4
Silent Water T WI4
Windy Gulch Cascades T WI2+
Type: Trad, Ice, 120 ft, Grade II
FA: Unknown possibly F. Shields, N. McBride
Page Views: 578 total, 12/month
Shared By: Fremont Shields on Feb 9, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a fun smear near Jaws. I do not know if this route comes into condition often or if it's been climbed. No anchors were found on the logical tree at the top, and we saw no signs of prior passage.

Start up a 20 foot corner either climbing ice on a step that slabs out, or staying in a corner/chimney using rock. There is good gear with stoppers and finger-size cams.

After the initial 20 foot step, the route continues up a thin slab for another 30 feet. In the conditions we found it, the bottom was not protectable, but before it kicked back up to vertical, you could place stubbies in the top half. Because the smear was leaner down low, we climbed the corner a few body lengths, finding good edges and pick constrictions. We also found no gear, so then we traversed left to surmount the smear where the ice became thicker. Conditions will dictate the route up to this point. The corner was iced, but it looked like if it was dry you might get a 5 inch piece to place at one point. It was too icy to place a cam when we did it.

After the slab kicks back up to vertical, the ice took 17 cm screws for the remainder on our ascent. The remainder of the route consists of two vertical steps, each about 20-30 feet, set aesthetically in a constricted corner.

At the top, find a sling on a large juniper from which to lower. We were just barely able to reach with a 70m. Be very careful, a 60m would not make it.

Location

This route is located higher on the cliff band about 200 meters left of Jaws. Approach up a third class ledge system. It is advisable to anchor the belay.

Protection

10cm - 17 cm screws, TCUs to fingers, small selection of stoppers. There is a solid juniper for lowering at the top.

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Jason Himick
Denver, CO
Jason Himick   Denver, CO
I was in the area today as well, and we climbed the thin, little cascade before you get to Jaws (not Windy Gulch Cascades). I can't find any descriptions about this area, but Cameron Burns' book does mention that various ice features form along the south-facing rock in the vicinity of Jaws. Clearly people don't go up there often, because there was absolutely no evidence anyone has been up there. It being The Park and all, I gotta think all these things have been climbed by someone before. Nice work getting the pictures and description up, and following the path lesser travelled. Feb 10, 2014