|Five Fingers area
This fun line is the downhill-most of the fingers in the Fingers area of the Lower Gorge area in the Uncompaghre Gorge aka Ouray Ice Park. It lies just uphill from La Ventana & Aqua Velva & the fenced prow with Poodle Sex & Jade. This area is located downstream from the lower ice bridge, downstream from the Scottish Gully area, upstream from the Outhouse Wall. You can identify this line as the ice dripping down in a corner in its upper half.
There are 2 starts to this line. You can take the vertical start near a tree dropping straight down from the left-facing corner or take a more rampy start to the left. Then cruise up a low angle, middle section. The finish goes up steep ice with a bulge at the top. For a mixed version, you can mix it up on a nice crack to the left protected by bolts from a more recent addition to the Park. 140 feet.
There are a line of 2 bolt anchors with long chains extending across the road here.
Addendum: recalling the outrage expressed previously at a route of similar name at climbingboulder.com, I suspect this name is named for the Fingers formation and this being the final/fifth or pinky route.
Ice screws, possibly a few QDs for a mixed variation at the top.
|By Buff Johnson|
Feb 9, 2007
Great Line! with a nice rest to fire the crux which had good sticks & nice sustained moves. We caught it in good shape. I thought was about 45-50M overall (but has a ramp & rest area) -- not typical length when working the other of the 5 fingers. This route seemed to be tempermental and may not be of great quality all the time, but we got it at as a gem, lucky us! The crux could be trying to start the rap, you'd have to do it to see what I'm talking about.