Coal Creek Ice Climbs

Maybe this year...

Coal Creek is one of those places that in the right conditions is fantastic, but catching it in shape can be tough. There’s a healthy variety of climbs here when they come in, from short pillars to rope stretching mixed routes. In a good winter, abundant snowfall with the right combination of sunny and cloudy days means a lot of ice. In a warm winter, the south facing cliffs get hit hard by the sun and there wont be much more than a tease. Despite being very ephemeral, the climbs here are some of the most interesting in the valley, and it’s our only ice cragging zone.

Mixed Crags – A bunch of new mixed lines have gone up in the last couple of seasons, get the full beta here.

Cavity Games – a fun chimney with ice in the back.

Coal Creek Slabs – a variety of lines and easy to toprope.

Coal Creek Cruiser – a funt pitch of moderate ice.

Cold Heaven – one of the most impressive climbs in the valley.

Curtain Call – a super fun, long moderate outing.

Drinkin’ the Drip – short mixed section and steep curtain.

Roadside Attraction – a mini cragging area with several lines.

Single Parenting – cool pitch of easy ice.

Stoney Vision – interesting mixed climbing 30 seconds from your car.

Locals Corner

Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote setting that makes for one […]

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