||Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 110'
|Original: ||WI4-5 [details]|
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|Submitted By: ||Leo Paik on Feb 5, 2003|
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Matt climbs Popsicle, Ouray Ice Park.
A fun, prominent pillar of ice on the arête. Vertical, quality, sustained. Easier if chopped out. Find this climb downstream from the lower bridge of the Ouray Ice Park. It is easily viewed from the metal viewing platform below the bridge on the E side of the canyon. It lies slightly upstream from a double-trunked, large tree (juniper?) and just uphill from a small tree/bush (juniper?). It can form into 2 pillars or a single pillar depending on the year.
From the bottom of the canyon, find this first arête downstream from the lower bridge of the Ice Park with a pillar of ice. Likely, it will be chopped out due to it's popularity. Ascend moderate ice to a great ledge/rest just to the left of the upper pillar. Rest, then fire up vertical ice with a midheight awkward bulge to the top. More mentally intimidating than physically challenging. Steep-pick-tools can make this more of a cruise. Enjoy.
Long slings to reach the big juniper tree and short slings to reach the shorter tree/bush
Taking a lap on the Popsicle, Feb., 2010.
Stanley on Popsicle (at center), Dec., 2004.
Jim Hutchinson, owner operator of Ourayle house fi...
The cave start of the mixed start to Popsicle.
Looking down Popcicle. Bringing Jim (Hutch) Hutchi...
An interesting mixed start to Popsicle.
A somewhat indirect (read that "not hacked up...
Dan leading the popsicle through top-ropes in Oura...
Joel climbing up Popsicle.
Photographer Bruce Hunter. Climbers to the R on T...