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The Pillar of Pain 


Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 120'
Original: WI5 [details]
Season: Cody Ice
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Submitted By: Stymingersfink on Dec 22, 2007

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Nearly home free, with a belay from K.Hirst. One c...


Aptly named, after all the work it takes to get here, it'd better be in climbable condition! Climb to the top of this massive pillar, then bump right to belay your second from sling anchor.

To descend, rap the pillar, then continue down the drainage rapping High on Boulder. You may retrieve any gear left at the confluence of High on Boulder and Moonrise on your way back to the vehicle.


High in the drainage above High on Boulder... we did Moonrise, then hiked up the steppy drainage to gain a rubble-strewn slope which would provide access to the next drainage left. You will hike past one potential route which may sometimes materialize as an 80' free-standing pillar, IDK. Continue east another 100yds or so.



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Rock Climbing Photo: The Three Amigos, on one of the last short steps a...
The Three Amigos, on one of the last short steps a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pillar of Pain
The Pillar of Pain
Rock Climbing Photo: Ace, K. Hirst and myself in the drainage above Moo...
BETA PHOTO: Ace, K. Hirst and myself in the drainage above Moo...
Rock Climbing Photo: A photostitched view of the unformed pillar on the...
BETA PHOTO: A photostitched view of the unformed pillar on the...

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By Steven Atkin
Dec 20, 2009

The beauty of this route is its varying conditions (like all ice) but this one is especially to return over and over again. Expect grade 5 heebee jeebies in the hands for about 15 minutes while setting up your station.
By Noah McKelvin
From: Colorado Springs
Mar 11, 2013
rating: WI5

This gully got avalanched here about 2 weeks ago. We got done climbing it and a rock the size of a microwave flew off the top. Ten seconds later a big wet slide took out the approach step of ice. (as the gullies form sort of a Y once above the approach step of ice, this slide came from the left gully, about 100 feet left of Pillar of Pain) Anyways, just a warning. If we would've been an hour later or earlier, it could of ended badly. Watch out for warm days. There is avy hazard in Cody. Besides that, amazing climb!

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