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Chain Station Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.5712, -106.7593 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ben Bruestle on Dec 31, 1969
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This area was the first in the San Luis Valley to see ice climbing. It is south facing, so it may be very wet and sun baked at times. There are at least 6 climbs that are almost always in, and more than 30 inconsistent ice or mixed lines in the area. Anything from WI3 to M7.

Getting There 

This is located right above the big outhouse/pullout before going over Wolf Creek Pass from the east.

Climbing Season

For the CO Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: H.B. on Bigcicle.

Bigcicle WI4+  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Chain Station
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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Jan 20, 2002
Chain Station is still looking good. It does seem to be seeing more traffic than usual. White Trash and The Bulge are hurting.

Honeymoon Gully, Bigcicle, and Chimney look good.
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Feb 27, 2002
The Chain Station is still in, sunbaked yet suprisingly good.
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
May 27, 2008
Personal 5 favorite routes in the greater chain station area: Bigsicle, Columbine, Snaggle Tooth (Hidden), Jake Brake and Sometimes (2nd tier). Nary a bolt on the mixed ones and a fun place to push your limits since the climbs are short enough you can push that limit with less committment. A great place to educate yourself for bumping it up a notch in larger venues. Ice climbing in the sun is fun too!

For the real low down on climbing here get Life By the Drop by Jack Hunt. It is the only guide that was written by someone who actually has climbed much here, and since he did most of the FAs, it's a rather authoritative source! It is also one of those guides that is just a fun read.
By Steve Marr
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 26, 2011
Location: 37.571167° N, 106.759333° W
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Jan 14, 2012
Found today: 1 pair ice tools (excavated from the base of Bigcicle, 1 pair gloves. PM me with description, and I'm happy to figure out how to get em back to you and earn myself some good karma points!
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Dec 21, 2014
I've started posting conditions for the entire pass as best as I know them on the Wolf Creek Pass overview page instead of spending the time putting things on individual pages.

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