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Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch
Original: WI4-5 [details]
FA: Jimmy Newberry
Season: winter
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Submitted By: phil broscovak on Feb 21, 2004

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Start of the Train Route on 2/14/12.


This outstanding free standing pillar is a hidden jem of Colorado water ice. When it forms all the way to the ground #268 is like a little Rigid Designator but without the crowds or interstate noise. Nestled in the west side of the beautiful canyon halfway to the Morrow Point Dam on the Gunnison River (about a mile north of Newberry's Store in Cimarron, Co). Named for the old #268 narrow gauge train engine that graces the approach to the ice, this climb presents a unique scenic experience not to be missed. Cimarron is located 20 miles east of Montrose and 40 miles west of Gunnison on US Highway 50. I highly suggest you stop in at Newberry's Store, gas up, snack up and chat up Jimmy. Cheers!


A small rack of screws should do. However if the flow doesn't touch down you will encounter a little spunky dry tooling to start.

Toprope Protection 

A bolted anchor now allows for top ropes and raps.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Route 268, winter of 2015/2016.
Route 268, winter of 2015/2016.
Rock Climbing Photo: Route '268'.
Route '268'.

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By Liba Kopeckova
From: Montrose, Colorado
Jan 28, 2014

Not in 2014. First 20 meters only rock, then very thin ice.