A fat, fun climb that offers about 800 feet of stepped ice with minimal snow slogging. Descent is best made by walking off to the climbers right at about 3/4 height. This takes you down a few snow filled gullies to the base of Goldrush. Multiple v-threads are usualy fixed, BUT THINK BEFORE YOU THREAD - ALL THAT NYLON GOES SOMEWHERE IN THE SPRING!!!!
This is a good climb for a solid leader in the grade looking to play in the mountains!
This is the second obvious, ice-choked gully on your left as you round the large buttress just past the Outward Bound Hotel. The approach from the parking lot is about 1/2 mile and is usually well packed making snow shoes/skis not always mandatory.
Tom leading P1.
Ian taking a self portrait with Kevin cleaning the...
BETA PHOTO: P1 2nd Gully.
Kevin leading the last pitch of 2nd Gully.
Second Gully as seen from the approach.
|By Jesse Morehouse|
Jun 5, 2008
The best climb in the area for WI3 climbers. Also a great intro to long ice routes for those just breaking free of the ice park.
NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ONLY LED ICE IN THE ICE PARK DO THIS ROUTE AS YOUR FIRST MULTIPITCH ROUTE, NOT STAIRWAY! It is much more forgiving.
|By Rob Schichtel|
From: Cortez, CO
Dec 12, 2008
The route now has permanent anchors at the end of P1 and P2. Walk off climber's left off the top of route and circle around to top of P2 where you can walk off the rest of route climber's right. This puts you at the start of Goldrush.
|By Ryan N|
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Oct 13, 2012
Great lead for the grade. It's generally very hard ice with only short 15-20ft vertical steps. It can get very cold and windy up there, dress warmly. Also it has a great view of STH from the top.