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Tenmile Canyon is along the interstate just west of Dillon. This area has lots of nice easy to moderate ice climbs with casual approaches. The downside is that most routes are the bottoms of avalanche chutes, so it is only sane to climb here early in the season before heavy snow falls. Preview conditions carefully before jumping on anything here.
From Dillon, drive west on I-70 to the exit for Officer's Gulch. Park on the south side of the road at the start of the path through Tenmile Canyon. Most of the routes are to the west, but a few come in east of the lot. To approach everything, walk along the trail until you see your route and then bushwhack up to it(there will likely be tracks through the snow).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tenmile Canyon aka Officer's Gulch:
Holy Grail M7 Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50'
Right of Round the Corner WI4 M2 Trad, Mixed, Ice
Chimney M4 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 200'
The Plumb WI4+ M6+ Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch
Three Tiers WI2+ Trad, Ice
Crown of Thorns M4-5 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch, 50'
Round the Corner WI4-5 Trad, Ice, 2 pitches
The Shroud WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Sneaky 1 WI2 Mod. Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, 3000'
Tony's Nightmare WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 3 pitches
Upper Tiers 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b WI3-4 M4 Mod. Snow R Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 12 pitches, 1500'
Tres Amigos 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b WI3+ M6 Mod. Snow PG13 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Snow, 3 pitches, 450'
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Crown of Thorns M4-5 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Tenmile Canyon aka Officer'...
This route has been climbed before but has seen very little traffic as noted by the lack of scratch marks and dirty cracks. In my attempts to track down the official name I came up empty, so have taken liberty in giving the route an identity (If you have any info, shoot me an email and I will update). Begin at the left base of the ice. Follow the obvious finger crack (left of the main wide crack) up into a left-facing corner to the roof. The crack switches to a right-facing corner and contin...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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