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Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes)

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Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted S 
Hot Potato S 
Merry Maids S 
Small Fry S 
Spuds in Space S 
Vortex aka Fat Slags S 

Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Sep 9, 2014


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The Potato Routes portion of the Ice Caves Wall has long been a popular wall for moderate routes and features old classics like Merry Maids. This subarea includes routes Vortex to Small Fry.

Getting There 

This area is most often accessed from the Feline parking area which is found 0.6 mile from the park entrance station. The parking area is a large pullout on the left (west) side of the road, immediately across the creek from the obvious chalk-streaked Feline route. To access the Potato routes, cross the bridge and head down canyon, passing the gray cave where Chud resides and the Funny Face. The barren belay zone below Do the Mashed Potato is obvious after passing through the vegetation.

Alternatively, you can hike Koper's Trail from the Lower Ice Caves area to access these routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.8 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Ice Caves (Potato Routes):
Do The Mashed Potato aka Acquitted   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hot Potato   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Merry Maids   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Vortex aka Fat Slags 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : ... : Middle Ice Caves (Potato Ro...
Left of Merry Maids is a line of bolts that follows the featured, gray face to anchors below the Merry Maids anchors. This route has some interesting and enjoyable moves, and is a worthwhile route to get on if you are in the area.If both routes are unoccupied, it is possible to continue to the Merry Maids anchors, however these two routes interfere with one another as lowering from Merry Maids brings you down right on top of this route.This ro...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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