Genesis Area

The greater Genesis Area as described here, includes all the routes above and left of G1. These are the first climbs visible on the left side of the canyon as you drive up toward the parking lot. All but Sleeping Giant and Upper Green Sleeves are best approached from the main parking lot and...

On any given day, you might see some of the best and most experienced ice climbers anywhere right along side college kids out for the first time ever. Despite the occasional crowds, the G1 atmosphere remains pleasantly upbeat and encouraging. Historically, Genesis I is only the left side flow...

Named for the frequent state of ice climbers throughout the ages, Hang Over is deservedly one of the canyon’s most popular climbs. It is the obvious, often-green, flow of ice coming out of the gully on the left side of the rock buttress left of G2.

Approach: The climb...

By definition this is the apparent continuation to Lower Green Sleeves or, at least, is easily accessed from the lower route. Upper and Lower Green Sleeves are not conveniently located and are all together hydrographically unrelated. Upper Green Sleeves is characterized as two-prongs of...

This is the first climb in the canyon, and is easy to miss since it is only visible through the trees for a short section 0.3 miles prior to the parking lot. Sleeping Giant is seen as a short, yet steep, curtain of ice in a major snow gully. Although shorter, it is generally harder than G2 or...

Location: As you walk left along the base of the G1 Wall there are a series of hummocks you must walk up and down. Clump Tree is found on top of the second hummock about 100 yards from G1. It is recognizable by the crissed-crossed, “clump” of trees at the top. Although short...

As mentioned above, this climb bears no relationship to Upper Green Sleeves. It is another fine pitch that makes a nice approach for Hang Over or in combination with the rest of the G1 Wall routes.

Location: This pitch is another 50 yards left of Clump Tree at the...

Location: As you walk left along the base of the G1 Wall there are a series of hummocks you must walk up and down. Clump Tree is found on top of the second hummock about 100 yards from G1. It is recognizable by the crissed-crossed, “clump” of trees at the top. Although short...

This is the oft-admired continuation pitches above G2. Only on occasion is ice even seen in the obvious break, and even more rarely is there enough to be worthy of an effort. When “in,” it is a recommended modern-day classic. The first ascent took several efforts to work out the route finding...

The complex rock walls and gullies between G2 and Hang Over contain a variety of intriguing icicles and flows. Aside from a few icicles and portions of routes, most of the ice is not visible until you are right on it. In a good year, there are no less than a dozen icicles just begging the...