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Submitted By: Eddy Daly a.k.a. Two Bears on Jan 7, 2005
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Ice Climbing 

Durango is home to some of the best food, music and skiing in Colorado. World class mountain biking, whitewater boating, solid rock climbing and a very good bluegrass music festival are found here as well. It also quietly holds some spectacular ice climbing. From easy cruises in benign territories like East Animas ice and Cascade Creek to desperate classics like Upper Haflin Falls and The Seven Year Itch, the Durango area holds in a veil of tongue-in-cheek secrecy some very fine ice routes. Durango itself is one of the biggest cities in Southwestern Colorado with all the ammenities that come with such a bustling burg. Here are a few favorites:

Best Breakfast: College Dr. Cafe (By far! Check them out!)
Best Place to Stay: The Strater (If you are rolling in it.)
Best Place to Stay if You Are Not: Spanish Trails Inn
Best Lunch: City Market salad bar
Best Shopping: Pine Needles Mountaineering, Backcountry Experience

Restaurants and shopping abound here for those whose primary interest is not clinging to giant popsicles. Come soak it in.


Getting There 

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[Durango is located in the SW part of the state. It is located at the junction of US 160 & Hwy 550. It lies about 75 miles S of Ouray.]


Climbing Season


23 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Durango:
Hossenfeffer Falls aka "The Drip"   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Vallecito Lake Ice : Middle Mountain
Highway Robbery   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   US Highway 550
Freed Canyon Falls   WI4     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   Freed Canyon
Night Shift   M5-6     Trad, Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50'   Cascade Creek
Upper Haflin Creek Falls   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Haflin Creek
Cascade Canyon Main Flows   WI4-5 M4-5     Trad, Mixed, Ice   Cascade Creek
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Featured Route For Durango
Upper Haflin Creek Falls.

Upper Haflin Creek Falls WI4-5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Haflin Creek
The upper falls provide one good pitch of steep ice that is a little longer and harder than the Lower Haflin Creek Falls. It is necessary to rappel in from trees to reach the route. Be able to climb out or be prepared for a not-so-fun hike down the canyon....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Eddy Daly a.k.a. Two Bears
Dec 21, 2005
CONDITION REPORT 

Lots of routes opening up with the cold spell. Haflin Creek is in, both lower and upper. The latter being huge. Cascade is in. The Itch is on its way...1st pitch isn't quite there yet. East Animas is even looking good. Buena Suerte.Eddy