Iron Mountain Icefall
Avg: 2.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Ice, 200 ft, 2 pitches, Grade III|
|Page Views:||1,304 total, 30/month|
|Shared By:||Matthew Olsen on Apr 16, 2014|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis is a simple two pitch climb. If the snow conditions are right, then the first pitch should be longer. Bring your skis or splitboard. This is a great skin in, climb, and then ski out on awesome terrain. Be careful of avalanche conditions!
P1 - ~180 feet, WI3. This is the money pitch. There are a few steps to overcome. Great ice!
P2 - ~30-60 feet, WI2. The first 30 feet of the second pitch might only be WI1, we unroped and walked it. The second half was maybe 30 feet.
Descent - from the top of the climb, head west across easy terrain to where you can start going north easily again joining the route that you came up on. Then reverse your approach route.
For more pictures and my full blog post go to: http://www.adventuresofamountaingoat.com/blog/she-took-my-dog/
LocationGo to the Zimmerman Lake parking lot in the Poudre Canyon. This is past Bald Mt. and close to Flattop Mt. short of Gould. At the parking lot, you can see the cliffs to the south and slightly west, this is where the climb is. It is about a 2 mile approach (and about 2,000 foot elevation gain) to the climb. From the main Zimmerman Lake trail, take a right into the trees pretty quickly (we followed skin tracks). Gain elevation while traveling southwest. Once at the treeline, continue southwest and skirt around a bowl (you should see the cliff-band where the climb is). Be very careful about avalanche terrain and traps!
I would not suggest doing this without skis or a splitboard. I couldn't find my snowshoes the day we climbed it and had to post-hole for 4 hours. I believe that this area is skinned up to once in a while, so use those.