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South-facing Smears

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South-facing Smears Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 8, 2002

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Several small smears exist on the north side of the tunnel, up the hill. I've never climbed them, so I'm adding this ice description so people who have can add the routes.

Getting There 

Park at the tunnel. Hike around the north side and traverse up the hill and you'll see at least three formations.

Climbing Season

For the Moffatt Tunnel area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top.  Jake Wyatt taking the picture.

Main South Facing Flow WI3-4  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South-facing Smears
I don't know if this climb has a name or who has the first ascent. I'm adding it because no south-facing routes have been added.This route can be seen from the parking lot. Cross the tracks, and follow the chain link fence on the right (that surrounds the tunnel and the small man-made stream) toward the flow. You'll be heading towards the south facing wall of the canyon at this point. The fence ends but keep going up the hill until you get to the climb. Snowshoes would have been really grea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fun ice.
Fun ice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Berger on lead. South Smear.
BETA PHOTO: Bob Berger on lead. South Smear.
Rock Climbing Photo: The main south-facing flow.  Taken on 3/8/03.
BETA PHOTO: The main south-facing flow. Taken on 3/8/03.
Rock Climbing Photo: Conditions on 12/7/02.
BETA PHOTO: Conditions on 12/7/02.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ken Trout screwing around.
Ken Trout screwing around.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Walker on the South Facing ice at Moffat Tunne...
Tom Walker on the South Facing ice at Moffat Tunne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Denise Park on the South Smear, 1-12-14.
BETA PHOTO: Denise Park on the South Smear, 1-12-14.

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Mar 4, 2003
The main south-facing climb has filled in sufficiently. Deep snow landing if you left your rope behind. Rap anchor at a tree on top. Bring snow shoes for the approach, or plan to clawl for an obscene distance like we did.

The main north-facing climb looked fat from a distance.

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