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Campground Couloir 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 1000', Grade IV
Consensus: WI3 [details]
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Submitted By: eDixon on Nov 22, 2007

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Description 

From the end of FR 585 at the South Mineral Campground this is the prominent line of ice visible up to the left. Most only climb the first 2-3 pitches of stepped WI3-4 then rap off. Easier WI2-3 continues above. Descend by rapping the route with doubles. There are two bolted anchors, both are on the left side. The first is ~200', and the second is ~150' higher.

There is also another pitch of ice to the left of the main couloir. It is ~150', WI3. There is no fixed anchor on this one. Do a v-thread or find a suitable tree.

Location 

About 4.3 miles up FR 585. This is the prominent line of ice up and to the left of the road.

Protection 

A selection of screws.


Photos of Campground Couloir Slideshow Add Photo
Mountain dog.
Mountain dog.
Campground Col. mostly left variation visible in p...
BETA PHOTO: Campground Col. mostly left variation visible in p...
Belay complications.
Belay complications.
P1 Campground Col.
BETA PHOTO: P1 Campground Col.
Pitch one of Campground Couloir. Photo by Andiken.
Pitch one of Campground Couloir. Photo by Andiken.
P1.
P1.
Starting the ever enjoyable CC.  Photo by T. Barto...
Starting the ever enjoyable CC. Photo by T. Barto...
Campground Couloir a week before Thanksgiving 2008...
Campground Couloir a week before Thanksgiving 2008...
Finishing up the climb.
Finishing up the climb.
Campground Couloir.
Campground Couloir.
First pitch.
First pitch.

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By Garry Baker
From: Montrose, CO
Nov 27, 2008

There are two sets of bolted rap anchors on this climb. The first is at 200 feet (rope stretcher), and the second 125-150 feet above the first. The anchors are set high above the ice, and as of Nov. 20, 2008 had ropes threaded directly through the hangars. It would be good to redo these with screw links/locking biners and new rope/cord.
By MountainMK
Nov 18, 2009

Yes, I wish I read the first comment before I went up there yesterday. The highest of the rap anchors could especially benefit from some new rope. A generous estimate would be 20 feet to redo the whole thing. A couple rap rings wouldn't hurt either. It also needs to be equalized just a tad better. But obviously I trusted my life on it, so it's not THAT bad. The lower anchor is in better shape.
By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 20, 2013
rating: WI3

Both anchors look like they have brand new tat as of this season.