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Ice Man Cometh 

YDS: 5.12c/d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c/d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Kurt Smith
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Submitted By: Taylor Roy on Oct 9, 2008

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Wow! I can't believe this one hasn't been written up. Despite the reassuring bolt hangers, rat poop filled jugs, unnatural line, and a general film of silt covering the entire route, Ice Man Cometh is pretty fun.

Using strangely oriented holds, make some very powerful moves out the belly of a seeping cave. About 25 feet up, you are rewarded with a good rest. Unfortunately, it's hard to think of anything but the Hantavirus, because the holds are filled with rodent feces and dust. Pull into a shallow dihedral and follow the corner until the bolts strangely veer right, towards an arete. Finesse across the face using delicate footwork, and some small crimps and follow the easy, but very grungy arete to the top.

This is Rifle adventure climbing at its best. This thing has it all - a jungle like approach, hard moves, sandy rock, disease, rodent poop, and sketchy gear. All just 5 minutes from the car!


After crossing the Bauhaus bridge, walk left instead of right. About 40 feet down the trail, turn right and head up a faint trail that leads uphill. When you hit the rock at the top of the hill, turn left and follow the wall until you reach a small cave. Ice Man Cometh is on the left side of the cave.


Bolts with homemade hangers and Eye bolt anchors.

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