Ben Collett and Eric Zale have climbed an attractive, moderate mixed line (possibly a new route) above the first Chicago Lake near Mt. Evans. The Road (WI3 M4, 5 pitches) follows a gully system in a west-facing rock buttress. The two approached Chicago Lake via the trail from Echo Lake, and then, after the climb, hiked over a ridge to the Mt. Evans road and walked down to the car.
This fun-looking route probably comes into condition many years after a big fall snowstorm. It’s impossible to say for sure if it had been climbed earlier—ice climbers have been prowling this drainage for decades—but regardless of its history, it’s a good one for Denver-area climbers to know about.