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This is an organizational layer. Pumphouse Falls and 19th Hole aka 19th Fairway are at least 2 of the climbs located here, downhill from the Rigid Designator/Fang amphitheatre.

Pumphouse Falls is the main attraction here. Its access is one of the more straightforward for the Vail area. Further downhill is 19th Hole. Ice can form up further downhill, yet.

FWIW, there doesn't seem to be ice above this first pitch for at least a while.

Evaluate avalanche conditions, since some of the drainages do slide.

Getting There 

It is best to exit I-70 at the E Vail exit, about 100 miles W of Denver. Limited parking is available at the pumphouse which is found by going W after you exit the E Vail exit. Follow the road paralleling I-70, which crosses under I-70 and then about a mile further, there is a small building/outhouse, limited parking there. Parking problems abound if there is no room here, find legal parking or be rich.


Kinda silly but:

A. Pumphouse Falls, left side, WI4, 1p, 100', screws.
B. Pumphouse Falls, right side, WI3+, 1p, 100', screws.
C. Manifold, WI3-, 1p, 20', screws.

D. 19th Fairway or 9th Hole, WI3, 1p, 30', screws.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Pumphouse & downhill

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pumphouse & downhill:
Pumphouse Falls   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
19th Fairway or 9th Hole   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 30'   
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By ac
Dec 8, 2003
RE: Pumphouse query - I think this climb is also referred to as the Ninth Hole? Anyway, I don't think it's in the database. It is no harder than grade 4 taking the easiest line, which is approximately left of center. Can be harder to the left or right of the main line, depending on conditions. A one rope rap will be a little short if I remember correctly, but it deposits you on fairly low angle terrain. But for toproping safely, I think you need two ropes.
By cride
Jan 19, 2011
Here's the GPS location where we parked: N39 38.667 W106 20.285 (8262 ft). Not sure if this was the Pumphouse, but there were gas pipes coming out from the small building.
By Buck
Feb 25, 2012
If you are headed up to Vail to run laps on Pumphouse anytime soon, you have Rodney P to thank for installing the trough. Nice work today Rodney, thanks for yet another entertaining wallow.

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