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US Highway 550

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US Highway 550  


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 37.96697, -107.66172 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

North of the Animas Valley scattered along the US Highway 550 corridor there are serveral ice climbs that form. These routes are not the most consistent, but during the right year provide some good climbing. The area classic that should not be missed is Seven Year Itch - steep and exciting climbing up an often thin pillar of ice.

Getting There 

From Durango, take US Highway 550 north through Hermosa. See climbs for more detailed directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for US Highway 550:
Highway Robbery   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For US Highway 550
Steps 1 and 2.

The Scratch WI4+ M8+  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : US Highway 550
This route climbs two variations to 'Seven Year Itch'. There are 4 steps on 'Seven Year Itch'. Steps 2 and 3 usually form. Steps 1 and 4 don't always form.Pitch 1: Look for bolts to the right of the ice on the first step. Climb up and left to the bolt with gear. Traverse left to another bolt and the up past another bolt to a tree belay, M7+, 50'Pitch 2: Climb the ice on the second step. Then slog up the the third step and climb that as well. Belay at a tree, WI 3+, 230...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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