Vampire/Black Widow Slab - Ice Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Ah, those were the days!
This is a nice chunk of granite in the narrows of Boulder Canyon. It is been largely ignored by rock climbers, with the exception of a few obscure sports climbs at its base. However, for a few awesome winters, it was a site of excellent ice farming. A number of fine 1-3 pitch ice climbs were created. Hit and Run
, Meow Mix, Mellow Yellow, Book of Secrets
, Brown Recluse, Winkelman, Second Leg, Virtual Recluse, Virtual Reality, Scotty Gully, The Kerbash.
Drive up W Hwy 119 (aka Canyon) from the villa of Boulder past Boulder Falls. As you enter the narrows, about 8 1/2 miles from the Elephant Buttresses, there is a maze of rocks on the S side of the canyon, across from Boulder Creek. Just upstream from Vampire Rock (a medium sized chunk of rock about 3 pitches high) is a slightly lower angled mass called Black Widow Slab.
Climbing Season For the Boulder Canyon - Ice area.
Weather station 4.6 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Vampire/Black Widow Slab - Ice
Black Widow Ice
WI4-5 M3-4 CO
: CO Ice & Mixed
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During the winters of 1997-8, a vision of ice draped down granite faces became a reality. Oh, what creations! Left to right. Meow Mix, WI3 - top of the Vampire/Black Widow Gully (not pictured here). Hit and Run, WI4-5 (not pictured here). Mellow Yellow, WI4. Book of Secrets WI4 M3 - 2 pitch, left-facing corner (not pictured here). Brown Recluse, WI4+ M3 -2-3 pitch on the Black Widow Slab proper. Virtual Reality, WI5 M4 - thin start to fatter ice above. Hector D...[more] Browse More Classics in CO