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Five Fingers 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Ice, 2 pitches
Consensus: WI3 [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: R Squared on May 1, 2007

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A view across Portage valley from Five Fingers. E...

Description 

The Five Fingers offer lots of different ice climbs ranging from WI3-4 and the length varies on all of them. This area can get very crowded since access is so easy.

Location 

The Five Fingers are visible from the road. Park in the small clear parking area or on the side of the road. A creek crossing is required to get to the climbs. The creek is usually dry in the winter.

Protection 

Ice screws. Lots of alders exist for anchors but still bring v-thread material just incase.


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A pic from the road of the "Five Fingers" climbs.
BETA PHOTO: A pic from the road of the "Five Fingers"...
Chuck up a little higher.  You can see Craig belaying from the tree line.
Chuck up a little higher. You can see Craig belay...
Be wary of the avalanche runout to the left of the climbs.  It buried the approach route one year under 15 to 20 feet of snow for a quarter mile snapping big trees like twigs.
Be wary of the avalanche runout to the left of the...

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By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Oct 28, 2010

heck, it was a crowded few routes back in the early 1980s. but well worth it. no a wilderness experience, but a great place to shake out some cobwebs. :)
By Dave Lynch
From: Waseca, MN
Apr 20, 2013

I climbed here around a dozen different times between 2007 and 2012. Never was crowded. There are actually six full pitch climbs that formed up every year. All within 40 yards of each other. I've never seen more than three of the climbs being utilized in one day, and if you drive five miles in either direction you'll find more WI3 to WI5 ice single or multipitch routes. Bottom line - you never have to wait for a climb.