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Secluded valley southwest of Cody with the Shoshone River running through it. No phones, no lights, occasionally motorcars. A definite alpine feel with a variety of grades to climb. Many times the approach is the crux of the route. Bands of harder horizontal stone provide benches for ice to form on. Much of the rock is crap, referred to by locals as "kitty litter". Rock gear is a waste to carry in most cases, although bugs and angles can be helpful if you're putting up something mixed and you need a mental piece or something that may hold bodyweight. As a rule "V" threads are the preferred method for descent, occasionally bolts or a slung tree. Typical ice climbs may be 100m to 300m (or longer) in length interrupted by steps of creek walking between pitches.
From Cody take Hwy 291 (South Fork Road) to the South Fork, about 45 minutes. Bison Willy's at the mouth of the Canyon is no longer an option for sleeping closer to the ice. Hotel it in town or sleep in the dirt at the Deer Creek Campground a couple of miles into the canyon.
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Stringer WI3+ Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2 pitches, 160'
Moonrise WI5 Trad, Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 420'
Cabin Fever WI4 Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 200'
Bozo's Revenge WI3+ Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 100'
Bitches Brew WI5+ Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 650'
The Schoolhouse Route WI4 Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 450'
The Outdoorsman WI4 Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 150'
Hostile Takeover WI4+ Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 80'
Too Cold to Fire WI4 Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 70'
Spyin' 'n Flyin' WI5 Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches
Joy After Pain WI5+ Ice, Alpine, 4 pitches, 460'
High on Boulder WI4 Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches
The Moratorium WI4+ Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 400'
Broken Hearts WI5-6 Ice, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700'
Smooth Emerald Milkshake WI4 Ice, Alpine, 800'
The Pillar of Pain WI5 Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 120'
Sendero Illuminoso WI4 Ice, Alpine, 425'
Smoked Turkey WI3 Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'
The Main Vein WI4 PG13 Ice, Alpine, 5 pitches, 900'
Mean Green WI5 Trad, Ice, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'
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Joy After Pain WI5+ WY : Cody : South Fork Shoshone (Ice)
On the right side of the Lower Bench, between Pillars of the Community and Bozo's Revenge, is a long starting pitch with a steep curtain below and a pillar above. The route runs up this section in two pitches and continues up the drainage to multiple shorter steps of ice. The drainage forks at one point and the main pitches are found on the left, though there's a fun pitch or more on the right as well. Continue up to the "Joy"—a steep, fun pitch of ice high in the drainage....[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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