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Routes in North Vail, non-Booth Creek

Goat's Beard T WI4
Piney Lake Pillar T WI3-4
Type: Trad, Ice, 100 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Nov 15, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a nice alternative at Vail. It is located north of Vail on Red Sandstone Rd. As Tom mentions, if there are no tracks, it can be a bit deep on the approach.

The climbing is a 60 foot pillar with beautiful, red, sandstone rock nearby. Snow can pile up in the drainage between the road and the ice. As you can see in the photo here, there is a fairly wide section of ice which can hold a few different lines to climb here. It can be sunny. It faces SE.

The rappel trees are a bit further back, so 2 ropes are useful if you decide to rappel. We didn't look for a walkoff.

Protection

Ice screws, 2 ropes to rap useful.

Photos

Tom Willard
Avon, CO
 
Tom Willard   Avon, CO
 
Trail to and from the road is not often used and might require snowshoes if someone else hasn't recently postholed before you. Jun 7, 2007