Corinthian Column, and Total Abandon. 3 glorious pitches!
Guided Ice & Snow Climbs
Pikes Peak Classic Ice Routes
Our classic ice climbs high on the north face of Pikes Peak will amaze you. Stunning 3 and 4 pitch routes that come into condition early season and hang around late into the spring. These routes are our guides favorites.
Two classic alpine multi-pitch ice routes. Routes in condition September-November and April-June.
We'll depart Colorado Springs at 7am and drive the Pikes Peak Highway to 13,000'. The 30-50 minute approach starts with the Hero Traverse above the stunning western edge of the Bottomless Pit. This appetizing warm-up peaks your interest and tests your footwork in a dramatic alpine setting. The traverse to the Corinthian Column, deposits you at the base of these classic ice routes. Continually delivering drips of water on either side of the column, the ice thin and sometimes thick, is always good for adventure. Total Abandon and Blind Assumption are alpine classics for sure. Even with a short approach and descent, with drive time this can be a 8+ hour day.
Guided Alpine Climbs
Y-Couloir, North Face Ascent
This is a seasonal climb, but when its in condition it's a true alpine classic in big terrain. Best as a spring and summer climb "the Y" is a first snow climb and ascent for many and climbers are drawn to it's perfect beauty.
We'll depart Colorado Springs at 7am and drive the Pikes Peak Highway. We will drop into the Bottomless Pit and start the 2,100' snow climb. We also have the option to start higher on the highway and approach via the Hero Traverse above the western edge of the Bottomless Pit. This appetizing warm-up peaks your interest and tests your footwork in a dramatic alpine setting. Once the traverse is complete we ascent the last 1,200' of "the Y". Both route options afford spectacular views as we climb neve snow directly up the North Face of Pikes Peak and top out in the middle of the broad summit.
Glen Cove, Alpine Rock and Snow Climbs
The Glen Cove Cirque snow climbs are not as committing as the Y Couloir but just as fun and a good place to practice snow skills and hone technique. Here we have many couloirs and alpine rock to choose from as we ascend to the top of the Glen Cove Cirque and to an area called Devil's Playground. From here we can see Denver on a clear day.
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