|Tenmile Canyon aka Officer's Gulch
This route has been climbed before but has seen very little traffic as noted by the lack of scratch marks and dirty cracks. In my attempts to track down the official name I came up empty, so have taken liberty in giving the route an identity (If you have any info, shoot me an email and I will update). Begin at the left base of the ice. Follow the obvious finger crack (left of the main wide crack) up into a left-facing corner to the roof. The crack switches to a right-facing corner and continues to the 2-bolt top anchor. This is an excellent, easy, trad, drytool climb. Best climbed when the dirt is frozen in the cracks but can be climbed year-round.
This is just left of the ice, look for a top anchor above the obvious crack.
Camalots: #0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 2, 3 and a #6 nut. Bolted top anchor.
Oct 16, 2012
Here is a little history for Crown of Thorns: It has been climbed before several times over the years but never really given a name. I think I first led it around 2008/2009. It has been led several times over the years and top roped as well by many Colorado Mountain College instructors and students. The only significant thing that I would like to add is that it makes a excellent link-up into The Shroud in fat ice years, which would make it M4 WI4- or so. Really nice route either way though and one of the few routes in the canyon that consistently has great trad gear for mixed climbing. Thanks for putting in the anchors! Like the other work you have been contributing to 10 Mile Range as well.
|By Rob Griz|
Jan 5, 2013
TKD, thanks so much for posting and laying down the history for us all.