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Early season ice climbing at South Mineral Creek
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Early season ice climbing at South Mineral Creek

 
Early season ice climbing at South Mineral Creek

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Object Title: Early season ice climbing at South Mineral Creek

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Page By: Liba Kopeckova

Created/Edited: Nov 17, 2010 / Nov 17, 2010

Object ID: 679566

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Overview

South Mineral Creek is a dirt road, located off Hwy 550 (between Ouray and Silverton, western Colorado), about 2 miles north of Silverton. There are several ice climbs located along this dirt road, most are located about 3 to 5 miles away from the road 550. The Mineral Creek dirt road was open and snow plowed later during the day we went there (November 16th), but typically the road is closed during the winter season, and you have to hike in. I think that it was snowplowed for hunters, and when hunting season will be over, the road will close.
It is still early in the season, so not all ice was formed yet. We played a little bit on Sundance, the only climb located on the north walls (facing south). All other ice climbs are on the southern walls. Most of the ice falls were not completely formed yet. And although Sundance is facing south, it is protected by a cliff from a direct sun.

External Links

The Denver Post Report
North San Juan Ice Climbing Blog

Weather

Click for Silverton, Colorado Forecast

Guide book

The guide book to all ice climbs is Colorado Ice by Jack Roberts, volume 1.
Colorado Ice

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