||Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 175'
|Original: ||WI5-6 [details]|
|FA: ||Douglas Lossner and John Rybal, 1997|
|Season: ||Late autum thru early spring|
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|Submitted By: ||Douglas Lossner on Nov 24, 2009|
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One long pitch of hard ice.
It is WI5/6+ depending on time of year, line, and if you lead it or not. It is Grade I to V depending on if you get to it before Lands End road closes and you can drive to within 100 feet of the rappel in, or you ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or you take a snowmobile to within 100 feet of the rappel.
Coal Creek where it dumps over the rim of Grand Mesa.
Mrs. Mesa is located right where Coal Creek drops over the rim of The Mesa, about 2.5 to 3 miles from lands end towards highway 65. Approach by Four wheel drive before road closes or is impassable, or ski 17 miles round trip from highway 65, or snowmobile 17 miles round trip from highway 65. As of winter 2010, Lands End road is not groomed all the way to Coal Creek drainage so trail blazing has become necessary after 3 miles where the grooming takes a north fork and circles around to Lands End. Without groomed trails the snow fall and cold temperatures this year made for bottomless snow conditions where Lands End Road was in the trees. To get there this winter we needed to start at the City Intake on Kannah Creek Road. Coal Creek Basin Trail for 4.9 miles to Coal Creek Trail west for .2 miles to Switchback Trail. SB trail to rim at least 1 mile, then 1 mile west to Coal Creek. 4,000 vert. feet. and at least 7 miles.
Jim Whalen after surviving a fractured overhanging...
Douglas on lead, Richard on belay.
Mrs. Mesa, mid-winter conditions. Feb. 2004. Climb...
Brian's first time up Mrs. Mesa!
Starting the 3.5 mile hike back to the vehicles ri...
Mrs. Mesa on March 10, 2012.
Matt Cova making cuts out of the Mrs. Mesa cornice...
Chris Gebhart and Randy Harris.
Jim Whalen beginning the long pitch upward. Nov. 2...
Jim Whalen working his way through the "realm...
Jim Whalen rappeling in for the lead out. Nov. 29,...
Douglas Lossner and Betty Thorson.
Leading up the fat stuff. Feb. 2004. Climber: D. L...
Climber: Jason Adams, Mesa CO. 3-13-2010.
March 13th, 2010, 1 day ascent of Mrs. Mesa. 14 mi...
Climber: Matt Cova, Grand Junction, CO. 3-13-2010.
Betty Thorson working her way through "The Ha...
Mrs. Mesa, November 27, 2010. Randy Harris, climbe...
Nice Smile Betty. You sure make that 5+ look easy.
At least it's warm 4wheel'n. Not home yet. Great a...
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