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Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Original: WI2-3 [details]
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Submitted By: garrettem on Jan 27, 2013

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This is a short pitch of good ice that is close to Grand Junction. The climb is about 60 feet long. Scout the route out from Cold Shivers viewpoint looking up canyon to see if it is in. It will be mixed and not protectable at the top if ice isn't coming over the toilet bowl edge. It has a 20-30 minute approach.


This is located in Columbus Canyon and is visible from Cold Shivers viewpoint looking up canyon. This is a good place to figure out how to get down the canyon. Enter the monument from the Grand Junction side and drive past Cold Shivers viewpoint, take the Glade Park turnoff, and find a wide spot to pull off as soon as you go around the first curve. Walk back down toward the canyon to the monument road and walk until you are on the rim just past a small pouroff. Hike down through trees, ledges, and boulders from here until you are on a wide ledge above the climb. You will need to fix a rope and make a short low rap to the top of the route and rap again off a boulder to start the climb. The approach is easier than it sounds. It is also possible to hike in from the bottom.


Screws and long slings or cord for anchor on boulders.

Two ropes (60m is good), one to fix for rap in and one for the climb, and bring some ascenders.

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By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Feb 1, 2013

There's also some ice lower in the canyon at the same grade. It's more of an ice scramble with a few steps. After passing through the steep section of the canyon, there is a seep that provides another 100 or so feet of WI 2 steps to the right (as one is heading up canyon). Once on the bench below JB Tower, you can continue along the drainage up for a final 60' slab of easy ice that terminates at the base of the wingate. It's a fun, scenic little stroll on some ice that'll let you swing your tools a little more than the ice at the head of the canyon.

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