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This is a small area east of the Firehouse Area. It is composed of 4 short ice sections ranging from 8-25 feet high. The second section is the highest and the right side of this section has the steepest line (almost vertical to vertical). This is a fun place to boulder around/solo/or teach someone to lead ice. All the sections are WI2-3. Similar to doing one of the Boulder Canyon flows in both difficulty and approach! Yes, it's a grueling 5 minute hike with perhaps 100 feet of daunting vertical gain.
Get off at the East Vail exit on I-70. Go left (east) on Bighorn Road for 2 miles. Turn right on Main Gorge drive, go 0.2 miles and turn right on Jupiter Rd, go 0.3 miles and turn right on Meadow Dr., and go 0.2 miles till you hit the Racquet Club. The lot facing the climbs (on the left) seems like the best place to park. The climb will be right in front of you past the tennis courts.
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Follow the gully to the start of the first tier. Climb up to the second tier. If you want to do laps here, walk off to the left and cut sharp left again at a big tree to get back to the base of the second tier. The right side is WI-3 and is the longest of the 4 sections. If you do the other 2 tiers above, walk off to the right and down. You may have to jump over some short 5 foot cliff bands depending on your choice of line. Enjoy!...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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