|US Highway 550
Climb can be broken up many ways, and many might prefer to simul sections of moderate terrain.
P1 - A couple short steps of easy ice that finish at a tree with slings (WI3).
A short stretch of snow leads to the obvious second pitch.
P2 - A long pitch (175'?) of usually thin ice (WI4). Belay at fixed rock gear in the left wall.
P3/4 - 300-400' of snow and short easy ice/mixed steps. Simul or pitch-it-out.
P5 - Thin but low-angle ice (WI3). Belay at fixed pins on the right.
P6/7 - More thin ice, a little steeper, to the top of the gully (WI3/4). One long or two shorter pitches.
Left of Gravity's Rainbow. The gully starts right off the road.
A selection of screws short - medium.
BETA PHOTO: The business.
|By Greg Sievers|
From: Estes Park, CO
Feb 15, 2011
2-10-11: a very nasty, wet avalanche ripped down this gully on Saturday with 2 teams of 5 people in it. No one was hurt, but someone needed a spatula to clean out their shorts afterwords.
Be VERY careful on these south-facing routes on warm, sunny days following storms!!