The Gambler WI6 40m

First Ascent- Aaron Mulkey, Kenny Gasch 2010

Aaron Mulkey on the  “The Gambler”

The Gambler was looked at for many years before it eventually touched down. This testpiece of the valley provides some of the most exposed ice climbing found in the valley. The route forms up rarely and typically doesnt start hanging until later in the season. The route is completely feed by melt  and my mid afternoon the route can have a hose of water pouring off. Catching this trophy pillar can be tricky and but if you find that it is in do not miss it.

Wyoming’s real rodeo… Aaron Mulkey taking on the lower moves of the pillar. Aaron Mulkey on the First Ascent enjoying exposure at its finest, connecting the daggers of The Gambler is the crux. 


The Gambler can be seen from the road as you look to the left high up in the Triptych drainage. The route falls from a cliff in a small alcove to the left of Upper Triptych Pillar and Long Neck Bottle. Climb the lower pitches of Triptych up through the Triptych Pillars amphitheater  and then hang a left as the drainage splits. You will climb some low angle ice and hike for 200 yards and the route will easily be seen. You want to get on this route early in the morning since it becomes very wet in the afternoon. Climb the pillar to the hanging daggers and connect the daggers to gain the top. Truly one of the best pure ice WI6 routes found. This pillar should not be missed if its in!  You can rappel from a tree above.

Aaron Mulkey gettin in the action on The Gambler

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