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North Star Mountain is on the south side of the Blue Lakes valley, so it faces north and comes in to shape in the fall. This area is avy prone and a bit chossy here and there. The North Star climb is directly above the lower Blue Lake (do not trespass around the cabin/road by the lake). There are also some sport/trad routes in the area, too.
Drive up County RD 850 and park at the upper Blue Lake dam.
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North Star WI4+ M4-5 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'
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North Star WI4+ M4-5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North Star
There are two variations to the first pitch, there is the direct start that rarely comes in at WI4 M5 R/X. The other start is more reasonable, but still is a bit R and goes at WI4- M4. This start is to the climber's right of the direct variation and ascends a mixed runnel to gain the big ledge below the main flow.P1. WI4- M4. Pull an awkward bulge that is well-protected and ascend up the mixed runnel to the big ledge.P2. WI3. Climb up the left side of the main ice flow and belay below the big ov...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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