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A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall S 
Brain Freeze S 
Corneal Abrasion S 
Disney on Ice S 
Friction Fix T,S 
Frozen in Time S 
Hemisphere S 
Ice Age S 
Ice, Ice, Baby S 
Iceboxer, The S 
Microfridge, The S 
Queen Byron S 
Sub-Zero T 
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out S 
Trads Are People, Too! T 
Unknown Crack S 
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The Icebox Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.90773, -105.46008 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jun 10, 2004

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South Platte river from the Icebox.

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The Icebox is the cliff directly across the river from Pine Cone Dome. There are several good sport routes with potential for more. The name comes from the large ice-flow on the upper right-side of the cliff that stay in frozen well into the month of May.

Getting There 

Look for the big rock of the left side of the road at the 8.1 mile mark.The rock angles up a ridge and is quite overhanging on the right side. Park as for Pine Cone Dome and walk down canyon, cross the bridge and then go right on a trail to the rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Icebox

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Icebox:
Trads Are People, Too!   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Hemisphere   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Brain Freeze   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Queen Byron   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Frozen in Time   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Brain Freeze starts either at the ledge or climbs ...

Brain Freeze 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : South Platte : ... : The Icebox
This route is located just above the lower slab area where the wall turns to vertical at a flat grassy area.Climb a short slab pitch (5.6)to a two-bolt fixe anchor. Step right from the anchor a make a couple of hard moves up to a ledge. Fire straight up using a large flake on the right and thin crack on the left. Stem wide and up to a short traverse right to a good stance. Fire up steep wall clipping two more bolts and reach the anchor. Caution: a 60 meter rope will not reach the ground. I did t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Larry M Shaw
Sep 24, 2006
This rock has some really good sport climbs, the upper section is steeper and the rock is great.
By Christopher Barlow
Aug 9, 2009
Does anyone have information (name, FA, grade, etc) for the steeper routes on the upper right side of the Icebox? There are eight routes right of Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, including a good 5.10 warm-up, an excellent 5.11+ arete, and an outstanding and difficult (mid 5.13?) line up the middle of the wall. To me, this seems to be some of the best sport climbing in Elevenmile (not to diminish the Spray Wall, which is great but short and offers few options under 5.13). It also looks to have potential for more high end sport and trad lines.

Also, many routes here have anchors that are simply two bolts with hangers and screw-links, sometimes not even screw-links. To me, it's a shame to have such high quality climbs equipped with such sub-par hardware. I will certainly start putting better lowering anchors (i.e. chains) on routes as I get to them.
By Stewart M. Green
Sep 2, 2009
You'll have to wait for the names and grades until the new Elevenmile Canyon guidebook that Bob D'Antonio and I are doing comes out next for the hardware, all the routes have not been completely equipped yet. There are over 150 new routes in Elevenmile Canyon, most opened by Bob D', me, and friends, so this is the tip of the to just go climb and discover new stuff and leave it at that for now....
By Karl Kiser
Aug 9, 2015
The 10s in this area are good climbs and in the shade for the summer.

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