Rediculous First ascents up for grabs.

Posted: Tue, 03/10/2009 - 19:11


contact falls

FA? "Contact Falls" IV, WI 3+,150'. (R.B.,L.R.,O.E.) 2/10/09

See also: Spray post "Good training for ninjas", I don't think I'm stepping on any toes by giving away this "new" spot.

For all you jonesers wanting some first ascents listen up!

Where this climb lies in the East Boulder Drainage just south of McLeod there are numerous flows of ice just waiting to be climbed. Maybe some numbers will help you get there?  The drainages are just West of Wright Gulch. NAD 83 Lat N45 29.600' Long W110 9.546' Elevation 9000'.

If you drive up the E. Boulder Drainage toward the mine you'll come to a corner by a logged meadow where you can view the climbs and park to start the approach. In the eastern drainage there is a good looking big shield of ice that is wider than it is tall, 60+m?, low angle? When we went back to do it last week it was mostly covered in snow... so we explored elsewhere.

In the western drainage the pictured climb is the most easterly and then to west of it there are 3 or 4 more flows that should be entertaining if the snow conditions stabilize a bit.

Slog on, its good training for something...


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  • Fri, 01/29/2010 - 23:25

Sorry that all this draws attention to the Recent Forum comments... I was just trying to delete out my post about wanting to go snowshoeing. ufta.

Anyway here are some pictures of some other RFRA's that are out there. My friend probably wants to do a few more climbs in the area so I can't let loose the location yet. But skiing sure beats snowshoeing! A long ways back, but worth it!

Something. Somewhere. Well only one picture, I can't seem to get it to attach a second.



  • Fri, 01/29/2010 - 18:05

FRA? "Full Contact", IV,WI2/3, 250'. 1/15/10.

Because its there and I couldn't leave well enough alone, I stripped down everything I didn't need (including the camera) and went solo. I'm glad I went light, the approach was full value as stupid as that sounds.  From below the climb it looks alot like "Contact Falls"; there is ice pouring off rocks in all sorts of strange ways with many variations. I climbed from the lowest point of ice up to the trees on ice pretty much the whole way. It was really pretty good ice.  More challenging variations are possible.

Named for the slightly rediculous approach, the proximity to Contact mountain, and the swimming I had to do to get from the top of the climb to the descent gully.


Olin Erickson