Avocado Gully, WI 3/4

Now that's a ripe Avocado!

An area classic, this climb really changes over the course of the season. Typically, the first pitch is snow and rock, with maybe some ice at the top. The 2nd pitch is a ramp up to a short steep section that may or may not protect well with screws and the rock gear is pretty marginal. The 3rd pitch is typically fat with several options. By the end of a good season, the entire climb can be big and cruiser. In the winter of 2007, it came in fatter than most people had ever seen it.

The 2nd pitch can be difficult to protect after multiple ascents really start to beat up the ice and more than one person has whipped off this pitch.

The descent is from bolted anchors.

FA: Peter Hutter and John Cato, late 1970’s.

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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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