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Senator Gulch 


Type:  Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Original: WI3-4 [details]
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Submitted By: doligo on Feb 11, 2012

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Climbing the pillar, felt like WI4+.

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This is an obvious flow that you see from the parking lot before the snowplow closure 3.5 miles up CR 361 from the south end of Ouray. It's in a shade, so it comes in early. With low avy danger and easy approach, this is a good warm-up climb. Depending on the line you choose, it could be either WI3 or WI5ish...

Hike up straight up from the parking lot (snow could be waist deep) and follow the creek bed (there is a short low angle ice bulge some may want to rope up for) or go up the road to the first switchback and pick a climber's trail skirting a ridgeline in the trees above the drainage until you see the rock amphitheater with the falls to the right.

Eds. This route has been added multiple times to the database. While it is not obvious to those new to the site, the climb was claimed to be on private land and the landowner insisted on removing information and photos to the climb. Apparently, locals have indicated the climb was surveyed and found to be off this private property. We have subsequently restored this second submission. Thanks for your understanding.


2 ropes.


You can see this climb from the parking lot before the snowplow closure 3.5 miles up CR 361 from the south end of Ouray.

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From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Feb 13, 2012

My first ice climb ever (winter of 79/80), with crazyman Bob Dickerson. I had a Hummingbird in one hand, Chouinard ice hammer in the other and Chouinard rigid crampons (black anodized) w/neoprene straps. Bob cruised it and didn't put in any pro until the belay (he was regularly free-soloing Bridalveil in those days). The ice was so thin that I could see water flowing on the frontpoints through the ice. I sold my ice equipment about a month later.
By Elias Jordan
From: Mazama, WA
Dec 12, 2014
rating: WI3

A bolted anchor on this route would be wonderous. The pins are a bit sketchy, and the climb is a great "beginner's" route (when it's not so wet!).
By Brookey
From: Durango, Colorado
Jan 26, 2015

Rock Climbing Photo: Old piton removed from the top of Senator and repl...
Old piton removed from the top of Senator and replaced by a bolted anchor with chains, thanks to the ASCA.
By Eric Wright
From: Telluride CO.
Mar 30, 2015

Doligo, not sure why you say there is "low avalanche danger". That gully goes up a thousand feet, plus. It runs from time to time. If you are on the upper half of the ice climb, one is out of the main deposit zone, but the approach, prep, and belay area at base of the ice climb is in danger. I have climbed there and climbed over and stood belaying on the avalanche debris at the base of route. Spooky on a warm, sunny day. A huge gully that faces south.
By James2 Jones
Jul 8, 2016

Toproping is for the ice park, not real ice climbs. You're lowering the bar to gaper levels. Was it a first ascent, 'almost first ascent Dolgio?'

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