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Honeymoon Gully (WI3 M4)
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Honeymoon Gully (WI3 M4)

 
Honeymoon Gully (WI3 M4)

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.57117°N / 106.75933°W

Object Title: Honeymoon Gully (WI3 M4)

Route Type: Toprope

Season: Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: WI3 M4

Number of Pitches: 1

Grade: I

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Created/Edited: Mar 10, 2011 / Mar 16, 2011

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Overview

Honeymoon Gully is one of the many ice climbs that form up in the Chain Station Area between South Fork and Wolf Creek Pass Colorado. Combined with the other areas on both the east and west side of the pass, the Chain Station is a great area to visit for good ice. The photo below shows the lower tier of the Chain Station Area. Honeymoon Gully is the fain line between the two more prominent ice lines.

Chain Station Ice Climbs
Chain Station, Tier 1

Getting There

From the town of South Fork, Colorado, continue southwest on Highway 160 towards Wolf Creek Pass. Drive approximately 9.7 miles from the intersection of HWYs 160 and 149 (in South Fork) and look for a picnic area on the right side of the highway just after the chain up area for the pass. Park here and walk up the road a few yards. The climbs will be visible up and to the right. Find the trail leading from the road to the climbs, and about five to ten minutes of walking uphill will get you to the base of the climbs. At the base of the wall, continue uphill to the left to reach Honeymoon Gully.

Route Description

Honeymoon Gully is located in a shallow recess, so it's spared some of the sun exposure that the climbs on either side of it receive. The climb starts on thick ice, that gets a little thinner as you climb. The bottom is a little lower angle, and felt more solid. The crux was the last 1/4 of the climb where it got a little steeper. You can stem and rest off the rock wall to the right. The M4 rating applies early in the season when the ice is a lot thinner. There is a two bolt anchor at the top.

Honeymoon Gully (WI3)
Honeymoon Gully


Start of Honeymoon Gully (WI3)
Start
Climbing Honeymoon Gully (WI3)
Higher on HG
Honeymoon Gully (WI3)
Below Crux

Essential Gear

Three to four ice screws (mid length) and something for the two bolt anchor at the top. If you plan on top roping any of the surrounding climbs, bring long runners.

External Links

Chain Station Area overview on Mountain Project: Chain Station

Honeymoon Gully on Mountain Project: Honeymoon Gully

Surrounding Climbs and Views

Honeymoon Gully is only one of a number of good ice climbs in the Wolf Creek Pass area.

Chain Station Area Ice
View Back Towards South Fork


Bigcicle (WI4-5)
Bigcicle (WI4/5)
Fatcicle (WI4)
Fatcicle (WI4)
Rapping Fatcicle (WI4)
Rapping Fatcicle (WI4)

Images

Climbing Honeymoon Gully (WI3)Honeymoon Gully (WI3)Start of Honeymoon Gully (WI3)Honeymoon Gully (WI3)Chain Station Ice ClimbsBigcicle (WI4-5)Fatcicle (WI4)
Rapping Fatcicle (WI4)Chain Station Area Ice