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Five New Mixed Routes in Pilot Creek, Wyoming

Aaron Mulkey, Josh Wagner and Laura Chmielewski have established five routes in Pilot Creek, Wyoming, putting an unknown limestone cave on the map as a mixed climbing destination.

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Climber on the upper ice of <em>Superfly</em>, Pilot Creek. Wyoming. Photo: Tanner Callender.” title=”Climber on the upper ice of <em>Superfly</em>, Pilot Creek. Wyoming. Photo: Tanner Callender.”>    <strong>Aaron Mulkey, Josh Wagner and Laura</strong> <strong> Chmielewski</strong> have established<br />
    five routes in Pilot Creek, Wyoming, putting an unknown limestone cave on the map as a mixed climbing destination. </p>
<p>The 45-meter high cliff band, near Cooke City, Montana, has less than a mile approach, decent rock quality and a longer-than-average ice season. The crag<br />
    features a cave with a massive free-hanging ice pillar as its centerpiece. “It touches down every ten years or so, I hear,” Mulkey tells <em>Rock and Ice</em>.<br />
    “It’s getting close this year.”</p>
<p>In the cave, the routes begin on overhanging rock before entering and finishing on the free-hanging ice above. The rock sections are fully bolted, and<br />
    not “hardman-style,” Mulkey says. “We want people to come out and try them.”</p>
<p>This season, the three climbers cleaned, bolted and sent four new mixed routes and made the first ascent of a pure ice climb <em>Trophy Wife</em>, adding<br />
    to the area’s two existing climbs. And there’s potential for more.</p>
<p>“Josh and Laura’s stoke have really helped me push this season out much longer than normal,” Mulkey says. “They make it hard not to be excited about new<br />
    routing.”</p>
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<p><img src=Aaron Mulkey’s website coldfear.com.