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Bridalveil Falls Open to Climbing
Submitted By: Malcolm Daly on Nov 21, 2008

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Thanks to the efforts of Steve Johnson and the Telluride climbing community, Bridalveil Falls will be opened to climbing on December 1, 2008. Climbers must use the new descent route established to the right of the route. Walk-offs are not allowed and doing so will jeopardize future access.

Note that 2/3 of this descent is free hanging and the final one is 200' long.

Bridalveil Falls

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By Rob Man
From: SLC UT
Nov 25, 2008
Nice work, it will be good to have legal access.
By B Robinson
Nov 26, 2008
Please note it opens on December 5, not December 1 (this change just happened today). See the Access Fund press release below:

Standing 365 feet over Telluride's Box Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado's tallest free falling waterfall, and some would argue, one of the most classic and difficult ice climbs in the country. And it has been closed to climbing for the better part of a few decades, with the exception of a few brief openings.

Following extensive negotiations, ice climbers will once again be able to legally climb the classic Bridal Veil Falls, beginning December 5th of this year. This agreement was reached through negotiations between The Trust for Public Land and the Idarado Mining Company, with support and advocacy from Colorado's San Miguel County, the Telluride Mountain Club and the Access Fund. It awards a revocable public access license that grants climbers access to this world-class ice climb.

The opening of the key access point to Bridal Veil Falls was managed by The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit land conservation organization dedicated to helping communities all around the country save special places for everyone to enjoy. Their work has made a real difference around Telluride, Ouray and Silverton, where they have protected over 10,000 acres for the public, including other outstanding climbing resources such as Wilson Peak and the Ouray Ice Park.

A climber's general information meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the county meeting room, Miramonte Building, 333 West Colorado Ave (2nd floor) Telluride, CO. All interested climbers are invited to attend.

The re-opening of Bridal Veil Falls is a big win for the climbing community, but we need your help to ensure its continued access. This area contains a set of innate hazards, which climbers must be aware of to ensure their own safety and mitigate potential access issues.

This new public access license is revocable and is contingent on climber's awareness and compliance with a number of rules. Climbers must sign in at a kiosk and avoid the Powerhouse area at the top of the falls; all descents must be via rappel. A complete list of rules and topo can be found at

Compliance with these rules is essential to maintain climbing privileges. Please treat this area and its adjacent private land with respect, and help educate others on its proper use. Our combined efforts can help keep this landmark climb open for years to come.

Many thanks to folks at The Trust for Public Land, Idarado Mining Company, San Miguel County, Telluride Mountain Club and many local climbers for coming together to reclaim this Colorado classic. For more information, contact Access Fund Regional Coordinator Steve Johnson at

See also:
Trust for Public Land
Scott Dissel
(303) 837-1414

Telluride Mountain Club
Tor Anderson

San Miguel County
Linda Luther-Broderick
(970) 369-5469

Colorado Avalanche Information Center
(970) 387-5712
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 26, 2008
For those who now wish to enjoy the climb, and can....
It wouldn't be a bad idea to think about what that is worth to you, open up the pocket book and call the Trust For Public Land or Access Fund and make your tax-deductable donation now.

Be sure to mention why you are doing it.

These things are not free and don't happen by coincidence. It takes time, effort, legal assistance. etc....

Belly up to the bar and help out if you can. Organizations like this can not survive and do this kind of work without financial support as well as labor.
By Rob Griz
From: Frisco
Dec 8, 2008
We were the first to sign in on the register on Saturday morning and surprised to not see any other climbers by the time we split mid-day to Ames. A BIG THANKS for the access and rap bolting effort, although we somehow missed the directional between the second and third anchor, leaving us with a rough traverse to the slab above the overhang. Wondering if it was 'flagged' like the other bolts? Either way, be on the lookout for the directional bolt(?) to align you atop the final 200' free-rap. The falls were in excellent shape and went at 5+ on the right side through overhanging mushrooms and chandelier. Avoiding the wet spots proved to be a bit challenging, forcing us to repack new ropes for the romp up Ames that afternoon. 4 pitches, 2 classic lines, 1 stellar Colorado day.

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