This is a gross ice flow that is formed from contaminated water from LA canyon and the sewage plant that is the stream that is located at The "Y". Other than that the climbing is good. Watch out for tampons and other trash. I recommend keeping your eyes and mouth closed as it sprays from your swing. Also observe the odor and try to leave your expensive trick outer wear in your pack at the top. Take a shower when you get home and sterilize your gear. The crux is getting the smell off of everything that was used on the route. Worth doing once just to experience the yuk and climb.
This is the obvious flow at the far east end of the crag.
Ice screws and runners. Stoppers and cams for the anchors. Rap in to climb out.
By Anthony Stout Administrator From: Albuquerque, NM Jan 30, 2008
Seems like you might wish to consider retiring your gear after getting that stuff on it! Yuck!
By Eddy Daly From: Albuquerque, NM Feb 11, 2008 rating: WI4-
OK...that is just retarded! The source of the falls is effluent from a waste water treatment facility located upstream in Bayo Canyon. One may recall that the ice climbs on the southwest side of Cascade Creek near Durango are also fed by effluent. There wouldn't be any tampons unless people drop them there when they discover they're in White Rock and not Ouray. I disagree with the bomb rating..in fact it's pretty fucking good for ice in White Rock. I can't help but feel the good poster dropped a bit of waste on me. Take some Midol, lube the applicator and remember where you're climbing.
I looked for this last weekend. There's no water at all flowing through the Y. I've been told that, ever since the construction of a new treatment plant further upcanyon, all the flow that's released is probably sinking into the alluvuim before it even reaches this far down. Hence, it doesn't seem likely that this ice will ever form up again.
//Edit 2014: There was a substantial amount of water running down the canyon this winter. I viewed the flow in about mid-February, and it was spotty. But at least it's getting some buildup again. And the water that does flow is reportedly much higher quality than before.