Type: TR, Ice, 100 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Vince Anderson 1 on Dec 21, 2017 with improvements by Highlander
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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These easily accessible climbs are named for former Tower Guides (now Peak Guides) owner Andy Petefish after his dismissal from the Ouray Ice Park. What is not to be dismissed is the similarities this area has to the Ice Park: quick access, toproping, (relatively) safe from avalanche exposure, and an easy, flat base from which to stage. There are two main flows with anchors on trees above that offer from WI 2-4 lines depending on conditions. In the absence of snow, there can be 15m of WI 1 at the base which can make it hard to toprope the right hand flow with a 60m or shorter rope. A 70-80m rope will alleviate this. The left hand flow offers a few steeper pillars near the top and is 10m shorter. This is a great instructional and practice area.


The slabs are on the west side of the upper Uncompahgre Gorge (US Hwy 550), about 200m downstream of the Riverside Slide snowshed. They are right above the creek and below the road grade. They are easily visible when driving up the gorge from Ouray about ten minutes from town. There is a large pullout just down from the snowshed. Make sure to park as far down from the shed as possible. The snowshed is there for a reason: avalanches can run down from above and over (and around!) it. The climbs themselves are generally safe. It is a short hike down from the road and then across the creek to base of the climbs - ten minutes maximum.


Ice screws.