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North-facing Wall 


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Phat, but short. Pict taken March 2011.

Description 

This ice formation is on the south side of the tunnel. Easy approach and TR setup/walkoff. It is short. It is secluded. It may not be worth your efforts, so go elsewhere unless you are motivated to find this and climb this.

Snowshoes can be helpful when the snow is abundant.


Getting There 

The approach will only take about 15 minutes. Park at the tunnel. Cross bridge, hike along trail past a dark hut. Ice should be visible up and on the left. Take some decent visual bearings, because once in the trees, it can be harder to spy.

Addendum: After you cross bridge, go 60 feet to East and pick up trail (or follow key snow tracks on south of creek till the first major tracks South and up).


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Tom climbing delicately up this good pitch of ice.

Moffat Column WI4+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North-facing Wall
This is the thin, obvious column to the left of the north-facing curtain. Though it's a pretty aesthetic looking line, the ice can be brittle and hard to protect. The ice starts out steep and towards the top the angle decreases. It is pretty pumpy, fun, and worth hiking 10 minutes for.There is some drytooling to the left of this climb as well that ascends the steep wall on somewhat good holds, M6-8. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of North-facing Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Photo taken on December 15, 2013.
Photo taken on December 15, 2013.
As seen from the trail, conditions on 12-7-02.
BETA PHOTO: As seen from the trail, conditions on 12-7-02.
Side view, 3/2011.
Side view, 3/2011.
Alan C. climbing.
Alan C. climbing.
Photo of Ice (Jan 2005).
BETA PHOTO: Photo of Ice (Jan 2005).
Mary & Warren climbing.  Two top ropes.
Mary & Warren climbing. Two top ropes.
Short, but steep.  3/2011.
Short, but steep. 3/2011.
Leading the right-hand side of the North-facing ice near Moffat Tunnel on 12-28-2008.
Leading the right-hand side of the North-facing ic...
3/7/13.
3/7/13.
Ice conditions for the North-facing ice near Moffat Tunnel on 12-28-2008. The climbers are Ian and Michael from somewhere in Denver.
BETA PHOTO: Ice conditions for the North-facing ice near Moffa...
12/25/2013.
12/25/2013.
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By TKHouse
Jan 23, 2013
CONDITION REPORT 

Climbed at Moffat last Saturday, the main lines are in. The mixed stuff to the left is not in yet.

Things did get a little wet on the left side, it seems as though someone is farming some mixed lines left of the main wall?

By Alan C
Dec 31, 2006

Climbed this with CMC on 12/28/2006. Just as heavy snow hits Front-Range. Conditions were very good. There's enough width for two top ropes.

On the day that we climbed, there are clear snowshoe tracks to ice. After you cross bridge, go 60 feet to East and pick up trail (or follow key snow tracks on south of creek till the first major tracks South and up).

See photos.