No Thoroughfare Falls


Statistics

  • Date - 02/01/2014
  • Elevation - < 7,000'
  • Route - No Thoroughfare Falls
  • Miles - 2.0
  • Elevation Gain - 600'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Jeff Shafer, Jeff Kunkle, John Balciar

Description

On our way to Ouray, Colorado, for a weekend of ice climbing, we decided to stop off in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, Colorado, and check out some ice I have been wanting to climb for several years.  We heard it was in and thought it was a good opportunity to check out a new area.  John, Jeff S. and I, picked up Jeff K. in Dillon, Colorado, on the way through the Front Range and then made our way across the state.  After a quick breakfast at Burger King, we were hiking up No Thoroughfare Canyon around 10:15.  The approach is about an hour to the climb.

Not exactly sure how difficult the climb was going to be, Jeff S. led the first section to a bolted anchor on the left side of the final pillar.  He brought me up, and then I finished the pitch to another set of anchors on the right.  Jeff and I quickly set up a top rope and rappelled down to John and Jeff K.  We all got a couple more laps in before hiking back out and heading down to Ouray, Colorado.  Jeff K. was kind enough to tap the keg of beer we had for a quick beverage before we departed.

Photos

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