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Treasure Falls 

WI4-5

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus: WI4-5 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: Late November to early Ma
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Submitted By: Ben Bruestle on Jan 1, 2002

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Treasure in unusually easy (WI 4) conditions. A c...

Description 

Treasure Falls is the classic climb in the area. Don't let the bottom mislead you. The top usually kicks back pretty vertical. Make sure you have enough strength to finish it.

Protection 

This climb can eat up your screws. Be careful when topping out, try not to kick through the bubble. The trees to climber's right on top work well for anchors. Please add that two ropes are needed to rap, since this climb is approximately 140'.

Per Jesse Morehouse: There usually is a fixed anchor (tat) around the large pine on climber's left.


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Patrick Lewis, midway up Trasure Falls - photographer Jonathan Jackson.
Patrick Lewis, midway up Trasure Falls - photograp...
Treasure Falls in good shape.
BETA PHOTO: Treasure Falls in good shape.
Paul Bostrom, midway up Treasure Falls. <br />  <br />Photographer Jonathan Jackson.
Paul Bostrom, midway up Treasure Falls.

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Evil snow family guarding the base of Treasure Falls....
Evil snow family guarding the base of Treasure Fal...
Treasure Falls - photographer Jonathan Jackson.
Treasure Falls - photographer Jonathan Jackson.
Treasure in '07.  This is pretty fat conditions.  This was my first time climbing it and as noted by others, it sure is deceiving!  Much steeper and longer than it looks, even with me on there for scale.  A great pitch, even when you have to tunnel through 8 ft of drifted snow on top well above your last screw cause you just "couldn't see taking more than 7!!!!"
Treasure in '07. This is pretty fat conditions. ...
Treasure Falls.
BETA PHOTO: Treasure Falls.
Mike Keegan topping out on Treasure Falls, a very warm Feb. afternoon, 2012.
Mike Keegan topping out on Treasure Falls, a very ...

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 23, 2002

When I climbed this in 1995, it was a beautiful pitch. Near the top, there was a fantastic "window" of ice inside which we could see water cascading. Beautiful, but dangerous, we tried to avoid climbing near this window. When going past the window, when we removed our picks, water started shooting out of the holes. Beware on this climb as there is a large volume of water flowing under the ice, some years it may be possible to fall through the ice and into the waterfall underneath.
By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Feb 3, 2002

Finally got on Treasure Falls this year. It is steeper and taller than usual. The left side is getting chopped out, yet is still stiff Grade 4. Lots of big dinner plates. The right side is a series of WI5 columns. The top is also thicker than most years. No worries of kicking through. The climb only gets sunhit in the late afternoon.
By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 9, 2007

This is a full 200 foot pitch to the belay, so use two 60m lines to get off. There is a nice WI5 60 foot tall pillar at the top of Treasure Falls if it is in. It is well worth the extra credit.
By Jesse Morehouse
From: CO
Aug 28, 2008
rating: WI4-5

There usually is a fixed anchor (tat) around the large pine on climber's left. It's handier than digging for anchors on other trees. Definitely a classic. My impression is that it appears foreshortened and easier than it always turns out to be!
By s.price
From: PS,CO
Jul 18, 2011

Definitely avoid the bubble at the top. In 2005, I kicked a sizeable chunk out of it. One good pick placement kept me from going in.
By Kevin Gillest
From: Arvada, CO
Feb 22, 2012
rating: WI4+

Talked about climbing it for years, happened to be on a ski trip last weekend and got it, powder all day and also topped out on Treasure in the afternoon. Bigger than it looks, my measurements say 180' from the first swing to the rap tree. The tree had a single 6mm cordelette and 1 aluminum ring, wish we had something to make it better. We rapped without issue, but FYI it needs another ring and cordelette.

We didn't think the route was difficult, but the screws were questionable on the steep section, maybe too much sun? Nearly every screw made it to the running water