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St. Mary's Falls 

WI2+ PG13

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus: WI1 [details]
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Season: November-April
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Submitted By: jmeizis on Nov 14, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Looking down St. Mary's Fall. Pretty low angle. WI...
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Description 

This low angle ice climb starts off pretty easily and gets harder as one ascends with the crux being around the top. It is a nice climb but a heck of a walk for one, single pitch, ice climb. This would be a good beginning if one planned to hit all the local ice climbs in Cheyenne Canyon.


Location 

Take N. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. till the parking lot at Gold Camp Rd. Head west along Gold Camp Rd. for about 1.5 miles where you will pass a tunnel. After the tunnel, you will come to FS trail #624 which you will follow for another 1.6 miles. There are a few offshoot paths, so follow the largest path heading uphill and you'll probably be okay. You stick to the creek most of the time till the end where you'll go up some switchbacks. Follow them uphill, don't get sucked down the hill to the east. Near the base of the falls, you'll come upon a sign that says the base of the falls is 500 feet. You can also take the path that points to the top for 0.2 miles to set up a toprope.

The descent can go down this path as well, and you can anchor on trees to the side.


Protection 

Ice screws of varying lengths depending on ice thickness, which can be thick in winter.



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By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Dec 14, 2008
rating: WI1

Perhaps I've missed the WI2+ area but to my knowledge there is nothing up there that surpasses WI1. The only use of the ice up there is to teach a newcomer to basic crampon technique. No ice tools required for more than balance.

By Simon
From: Colorado Springs
Jan 8, 2009

More than balance required and not a place to learn basic crampon technique. You probably didn't walk up far enough.

www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=119221

By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Jan 5, 2011
rating: WI1

Yup, that's the place.

By TBurke
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 4, 2011

Only been there in the summer, but looks like WI1-2. There were about 8 people up there when I was there. Do people actually do that hike for this ice? Long hike for that ice IMO.