|Royal Gorge/Canon City
|Defecation Gully aka Poop Coop T
This may be one of the longest ice routes in the Front Range. It lies just upstream from the cog railway. The line has an ominous name and its water source may be questionable. Birds may reside or habitate this area and may affect the experience. Donít lick your picks. If this bothers you, donít climb it. The climbing ascends 6 pitches in a deep chimney/gully with chockstones up to the North Rim and near its source. It is somewhat reminiscent of Skylight. Descent anchors may or may not be present.
P1. Clear thin ice on the R wall or ledges on the L. WI4 M4 or 5.7, 70 feet.
P2. Continue up the thin ice on the R wall adjacent to a chockstone. WI5 M5 A1, 70 feet.
P3. Continue up thin ice on the R & surmount a chockstone or rock climb on the L. WI5, M5 30 feet.
P4. Continue up fun, thin ice to a cave. WI3, 120 feet.
P5-6. Possible finish on colored ice toward the touron facilities.
Approach by driving to Canon City, US 50 W of Pueblo or E of Salida. Go towards where US 50 crosses over the Arkansas River close to Parkdale, which is W of Canon City. Go S on 61 Rd (p. 71 of Colorado Atlas & Gazeteer) to its end, which appear to be the start of BLM land. This road is W of the Royal Gorge bridge. Park legally. Hike 1.5 mi? Alternative, you can risk the access issues by going to Parkdale, find legal parking, walk downstream near the tracks about 2 1/2 miles to the climbs.
Stubbies, pins (Knifeblades and Bugaboos), sling/cord for V-threads, screamers.
|By Chris O'Connor|
From: bouldertown, co
May 14, 2006
This is a big wall. The avg height of the walls in this area is 1,000 ft, yet in your description you only give account off 300 ft? AC, could you possible give a more accurate description of the upper pitches?
|By Sherpa Wilson|
From: Pueblo, CO
Sep 21, 2008
The route we depict here is shorter due to conditions of the ice...it is much longer in greater seasons (if it comes in). Be prepared to swim in pools that have a nice amount of contributions from the pigeons on the route. We had to ring out our clothes on one of the pitches....there is a good reason for the name of the route. On one pitch, the noise from our picks triggered a parade of pigeons to come out of this wonderful corridor. Lots of pins and pitons with very thin conditions. Enjoy and don't get hit by the train!