Spiral Staircase follows the large, wide flow around the corner to the left of the Rigid Designator. The climb is one of the best beginner climbs in the area and therefore is usually well hacked out for most of the season. The climb ascends a slab of 75-80 degree ice to a broad bowl with large trees. This climb is also used to access The Pencil and The Eraser above. Descent: Rappel from fixed slings and rap rings around a large tree at the top of the route. (the same anchor that is used for the toprope).
Ben: Since the route is so hacked out, it's more like WI3- but some variations to the right are in the WI4 range. A mixed start (M5) to Spiral Staircase starts on the left--Dry tool up the overhanging left-angling thin crack up to a large hold, then lean back to get a tool established in the ice of Spiral S and carefully make the strenuous transition.
Screws, the ice is sometimes thin so bring a mix of long and short.
There are good anchors on top consisting of several fixed slings and rap rings around a large tree. An additional _10 ft sling and a biner for a backup is a good idea. One rope is sufficient. This climb should be led first.
Joe walking up the spiral staircase (1/18/04?)
Griz on The Staircase on May 5th 2010... outfitted...
BETA PHOTO: Spiral Staircase on February 19, 2008.
Scott Welsh enjoying the thick ice.
Heading up the hacked on Spiral Staircase (2/23/04...
Spiral Staircase as of Jan 12, 2002
Chad first time lead on the Spiral. 3 screws, what...
Loren on the right side of Spiral Staircase in fat...
Start of the Spiral Staircase, Feb 2005
ACE on the left side of the Spiral.
Climbing Spiral (2/6/07) - Photo Aaron Shileikis.
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 16, 2005
I may have lost a glove here on January 8th. OR, spring glove, black scholler fabric, with grey leather palm. If found, please let me know. I may be reached at 719-499-2895.
By Becky Selling
Jan 19, 2009
Someone took my mittens today (1/19/09) while climbing at Spiral Staircase. They were under the overhang just to the right of the ice and are grey REI mittens. I would really really appreciate it if these mittens were returned. Please call me if you know of their whereabouts (303) 815-7796. Thanks so much!
By Scott Welsh
Dec 23, 2013
Does anyone know if the majority of the Vail ice is in as of 12/22/13?