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This is the steep, 600 foot cliff overlooking the tiny village of Ames. Ames Wall boasts Ames Ice Hose, and the forest below has a few shorter, easier waterfalls. There is a flow of ice that forms to the right end of this wall.
From Telluride, drive west for 10 minutes or so to 145. Take a left on 145. Drive for another 10 or 15 minutes in a southernly direction, passing Mountain Village (sneakable hot tubs!) and Alta Lakes (good place to park the truck for the night) on your left. Take a right on road 625, AKA Iliam RD. Drive 2 minutes, and take a left on Ames Rd towards the obvious Ames Station, the first power station to generate and transmit AC current, apparently. Park at the station.
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Ames Falls WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'
Ames Ice Hose WI5 M6 R Trad, Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 520'
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Ames Ice Hose WI5 M6 R CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Ames Wall
I think this route is a three-star-classic on a worldwide scale.The Hose may not have a postcard view or alpenglow ambience, but the climbing is spectacular, and there is always plenty of air below your heels. This route is dangerous at the bottom and will humble most any dry-toolin' psychopath, but at the top it gets fat and widens out to a steep slab of blue ice clinging to the black wall.Approach: 1 hour. Start at the power plant and find a trail which heads towards the lower Ames Falls (don'...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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