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Routes in Camp Bird Road

99 Problems T M5-
Bird Brain Boulevard T WI5 M5
Blood and Spit T M8-9 R
Cavegina S M8+
Chock Up Another One T WI3-4
Chockstone Chimney T WI3-4 R
Chopped Suey T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI4- M4 PG13
Choppo's Chimney T WI4+
Cinnamon and Cider S M11
Cleft, The WI3
Czech Mate T M5
Desperado T M6 R
Dirty Bird WI3 M9-
Dirty Minds T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a M6 R
Dumpster Diver S M5
Fistful of Steel S M10
Fractured Fairytales T M6+
Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b WI3 M6-7 R
Going Retro S M6
Goldline S M10
Hairy Devil T WI5+ M6-7 R
House/Kennedy Chimney, The T M6 R
Just Another Duncan Route T WI4-5 M5
Killer Pillar T WI5-6 M5+ R
Local Scoop, The S M7
Lola's Leap S M6-
M6 Corner T WI4+ M6
M7 Crack T M6-7
Maid to Order S M7
Mile 4 S M6
Negligent Behavior T WI5- M5+ R
O'Donnell's Route WI4+
Paco's Chewy S M5+
Racing Stripe (Left) T WI4 M4-5
Racing Stripe (Right) T WI5 M6
Ribbon, The T WI4
Rusty Cage T M7 PG13
Senator Gulch T,TR WI3-4
Shattered Dreams WI5+ M8
Skillet's Revenge WI4+
Sky is Falling, The S M9+
Skylight T WI4+ M4-5
Slip Sliding Away T WI4-
Slippery When Wet T WI4
Snow Blind Friend, Walk the Line? (submitted as Attractive Hazard) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a WI4+ M6 Steep Snow X
Subterfuge T WI6 M7+
Talisman, The T WI5-6 M6
Tasty Talks T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M5 R
Thick Scull Thoroughfare T M6+
Tourist Trap WI4+ M5
Troglodyte S M9
Troutman/Rodent, The T M5 R
Unknown Drytool Route S M4
Vulgar Display of Power T M6 R
Wake Up Call T M5+ R
Walk Irene, Submitted as Goodnight Irene T M5-6 PG13
Weak and the Weary T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c M5+ R
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Type: Trad, Mixed, Ice, 160 ft
FA: an honored ancestor
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Shared By: Eric Wright on Mar 19, 2015
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Yield to mining vehicle traffic Details


Just to the left of Choppo's (Charlie Fowler's) Chimney is this neglected, chossy groove. It has classic Skylight mixed, similar to what one might find across the road on the dark side.

This is a moderate pitch; however, it has a reputation for being difficult to protect as noted by Cameron Burns and Jack Roberts. It's a testpiece for its grade, in that there is no fixed gear to retreat from. Nor is there much ice thick enough to slam screws into at will, or plug cams into conveniently situated cracks. It is sketchy trad at its best. That's what you came for, right?


This is fifty feet left of the best WI4 in Ouray.


As for gear, it's always going to be a mixed climb. There is often an icy bit at the top leading to a large tree draped with rap slings. It's historically been considered a difficult climb to protect. With modern gear, perhaps it is less so.

As the climb is relatively low angle, there are several places where soils and bushes now frozen, will yield spectre placements.

In short, bringing a full rack up to 2.5 inches and 4-6 screws should sew it up. Tri-cams work great in the icy cracks and pockets. One might say that it that it is easier to climb than it is to protect. 50 meter double ropes are plenty long.

Oh and since we are on the topic of safety, keep in mind that we are sharing this road with the very generous miners. When they drive by, please continue to be respectful and move out of the way. They are working and in no mood for our silly slacker sport antics :-)
I named it Chopped Suey when putting together the first CO ice guide, but I'm damn sure it'd been climbed before 1994. Ha Ha! Just saw Joe Ryan's text. Joe watched me do it that day. Long time ago! Feb 3, 2016
Eric Wright
Telluride CO.
  5.7 WI4- M4
Eric Wright   Telluride CO.
  5.7 WI4- M4
Thanks for your comment.
Have enjoyed navigating with your wonderful guidebook all these years. Mar 28, 2017

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