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Firehouse Area

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
2nd Leftmost of Left of Right T 
East of The West, The T 
Eastern Xpansion S 
Feel the Pressure S 
Firehouse Pillar T 
Lowe Angle T,S 
Lowe Gravity Day T 
Lowe Pressure T 
Meat Puppets 
Modus Operandi 
Rehab 
Silver Tongued Devil 
Unknown?  
West Corner T,TR 
West of The East, The T 

Firehouse Area  


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Description 

Vailís Firehouse area is another popular destination offering several climbs from the same approach trail. While the climbs here are shorter and less spectacular than the Designator Area, these climbs offer sustained steep sport-ice climbing on fat water ice or rock as fine as anywhere in the state.

Getting There 

Take I-70 West out of Denver to Vail Ski Area. Exit on Exit #180 and follow residential roads (Bighorn Rd) to a dead-end. Park here on the right side of the road clear of the fire hydrant (marked by a flag). Parking here is at will of the residents so be very respectful of private property and leave plenty of room for the residents to access their houses. Parking in the Vail area is already highly restricted. The availability of access to these climbs rests with the behavior of the climbing community. Donít spoil it for everyone. Continue along a trail parallel to the cliff for a few hundred yards. Follow a steep gully a couple hundred feet directly up to the obvious ice above, Lowe Gravity Day. To get to FireHouse Pillar, move left on a narrow trail around the arÍte, past an overhung bulge to the ice.

Parking 

Eds. Apparently, there may have been a change in the parking situation as of 2008. Please be aware. Anyone with better information is welcome to help update this situation.

Per Rob Griz: Updated 2/10. It appears that the owner of one of the duplex units on Willow Way is not psyched to see climbers park respectfully there, and has been calling Vail PD to ticket cars. After talking with Vail PD, your only options are to park in the public lot, just off of the East Vail exit or further down the road at Big Horn Park lot (not actually a lot, more like parking along the street adjacent to the park). From either location, you will need to walk down Lupine Rd to Willow Way to access the trail. Not a big deal, but a hassle in a town that is clueless in dealing with their parking issues. If you can find parking near a bus stop, use that and ride the bus to the intersection of Big Horn and Lupine Rds.

L->R: 

work in progress, please be patient

Thanks to Colorado Mountain Journal for the info & to inspire the update.

Firehouse East

A. Full Pressure, M?, 1p, bolts.
B. Firehouse Pillar, WI4-5, 1p, 70', screws. Varies in location annually.
CD. Feel the Pressure, M8- PG-13, 1p, 65', bolts.
D. Lowe Pressure, WI5 M6, 1p, 80', bolts & screws.
E. Curtain (various lines), WI3-4, 1p, 70', screws.
F. The West of The East, WI2, 1p, 80', screws.

Firehouse West

A. Lowe Angle, M5, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
B. West Corner, WI3+ M4, 1p, 95', gear.
C. 2nd Leftmost of Left of Right, WI4-5 M4, 1p, 95', TR?
D. The East of The West, WI3+, 1p, 95', screws.
DE1. Variation, WI3+ M3, 1p, 100', screws.
E1. Lowe Gravity aka Right of Right, WI4, 1p, 95', screws.
E2. Meat Puppets, WI5 M7+, 1p, screws & bolts, prow to curtain.
F. Eastern Xpansion, WI4+ M6+, 1p, 105', bolts & gear.
G. Rehab is for Quitters, M6+, 1p, 85', bolts.

H. Modus Operandi, M7-, 1p, 70', bolts.
I. Silver-Tongued Devil, WI5+ M6, 1p, 80', gear.

150m further right/west

J. Unknown, M6+, 1p, 85', gear.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.7 miles from here

15 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Firehouse Area:
The East of The West   WI2     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch   
2nd Leftmost of Left of Right   WI5 M4     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 95'   
Lowe Pressure   WI5 M6     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
Eastern Xpansion   WI4+ M6+     Sport, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 105'   
The West of The East   WI2     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lowe Gravity Day   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch   
West Corner   WI3+ M4     Trad, TR, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 95'   
Firehouse Pillar   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Firehouse Area
Lowe Angle.

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FireHouse area from I-70 on 01-22-10. Note that there is an obvious left (East) side and right (West) side. Route details and comments are most helpful when referred to by left or right gullies.
BETA PHOTO: FireHouse area from I-70 on 01-22-10. Note that th...

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By Jason Nupp
From: Denver, CO
Dec 13, 2001
Climbed Pumphouse falls with Ben Schultz on 12/10. Solid WI3 to 3+. Middle section was pretty wet but held screws well, some mixed possibilities to the far left and right. Somebody has fixed webbing and rap rings to the tree at top-thanks!
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jan 21, 2002
1/19/02 Firehouse/Timber Falls area: Left of left pillar touches down with a cone, very chandeliered, and pretty brittle. Not sure it will take pro but it is vertical. There's a 2000 lb block that fell off not too long ago and a 400 lb mini pillar that fell off with a tool swing in the center. Right of right touches down in 2 spots now.
By Bryan Gall
From: New Castle, CO
Mar 1, 2004
Climbed Firehouse Left (right, center, & left) on Saturday 2/28/4. Suprisingly the whole area was still in pretty sweet shape. Left of left pillar was a hook fest; I didn't have to swing once. Got stuck in West Vail on my way home to New Castle because of a pile up on I-70; stopped in at "Bullcrabs" right at the exit; happy hour boasts $2 dollar pints, 50cent oysters on the half shell, & buckets of steamed shrimp and crawdads. An unusual after ice feast that I highly recommend...
By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Feb 8, 2005
As usual, the climbing was fun out here 2 weeks ago but what I have to boast about was the descent off of the cliff. We slid on our butts ALL the way down to the base of the trail. It was like an amusement park ride, The Firehouse Alpine Slide. What a kick!
By Armin
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 11, 2008
FYI; As of last weekend, two friends of mine received parking tickets at the trailhead parking for the climbs. I myself have always parked in that same spot for the past 5 years while climbing there, as well as other local guides and visitors. I never noticed anyone of us blocking access to the apparent vacation home cul-de-sac. I wonder if the owner complained or something, or the annoying vail PD are just getting more aggro.
By Dan Welch
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 28, 2009
Someone kindly shared these directions with me, thought I'd share with everyone.
Take the first Vail exit, 180 and go to the fire station that is in east Vail. To reach the climbs follow Bighorn Road south.
By Rob Griz
From: Frisco
Feb 1, 2010
PARKING at the Firehouse! Updated 2/10. It appears that the owner of one of the duplex units on Willow Way is not psyched to see climbers park respectfully there, and has been calling Vail PD to ticket cars. After talking with Vail PD, your only options are to park in the public lot, just off of the East Vail exit or further down the road at Big Horn Park lot. From either location, you will need to walk down Lupine Rd to Willow Way to access the trail. Not a big deal, but a hassle in a town that is clueless in dealing with their parking issues. Griz