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Submitted By: Dougald MacDonald on Nov 14, 2002


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BETA PHOTO: Hessie Chimney from the 4th of July road, Jan. 06

Ice Climbing 

Really only one climb here, the Hessie Chimney, but it's a great one. Some variations might firm in a really good year.

Another route has been submitted since the original area submission.

Getting There 

Drive to the end of the road, past the little town of Eldora, and hike, ski or snowshoe about half a mile to the road junction. The right-hand fork is the road to Fourth of July Campground, the left leads to Hessie Trailhead. The cliff in question is visible to the right. Approaching via Fourth of July road allows you to scope conditions before making the final arduous approach. However, a snowshoe trail frequently can be found in the valley by starting down the trail from Hessie until you cross a large wooden bridge over the creek. Look for tracks to the right. Either way, you'll face a nasty talus slope up to the climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eldora:
Hessie Chimney   WI4 M5     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches   Hessie
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Hessie Chimney WI4 M5  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Hessie
I've done this route three times and enjoyed it every time.The first pitch is normally about half rock and half ice, though this year I got exactly two ice sticks on the entire pitch. The first half is well-protected chimney climbing, one foot on rock, one on ice. At a ledge halfway up, step left to place small wire pro as high as you can reach, then step back right to the crux, a reach high to good ice (hopefully), with poor feet. This section has ledge-fall potential if, like this year, the ic...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 22, 2003
There are pictures of the Hessie Chimney in Eldora during a somewhat fatter year at:


Only the first pitch is, and it's been seeing a lot of traffic.
By Matt Ledges
Nov 7, 2003
Not surprisingly, Hessie is bone dry. Cold, two inches of snow on the ground, a few icicles forming on dome. Will need big snowfalls...
By Kyle Kunkle
Dec 3, 2004
Climbed here on Wed, and had a great time. However, we should have just gone in the summer as it was real cold and there was no ice.

Great climb and worth doing.
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