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The Piedra River is usually cold and dark where it eases from the road down towards Ice Box Canyon. There's some established rock climbs on the trail side (west side) of the canyon for sumer weather conditions. In the winter, this place could use some farming and it could be a gem of mixed climbing area like Vail or Ouray. Someday, I'll have the time to do some work in there.
From Pagosa take North Pagosa Blvd to Piedra Road. Drive about 10 miles or so to the Piedra River. Hike South from the parking area for about :10-:15 minutes down into the box canyon along the river.
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The crux is in your head. When you see this thing, you'll vacillate whether you'll even bother risking walking out on the river to get to the thin dagger. I've only seen it form a full column once, and wished I would have climbed it then. Instead, I went back the following year when it wasn't touching down and nearly puked when I got to the top. The bottom section broke free after I got up - Sheesh.I've asked around for many years and have not found anyone who has climbed it (since about 1996) w...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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