Type: Trad, Ice, 40 ft (12 m)
FA: Dave Tucholke, c. 1991
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 30, 2004
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This is a short, freestanding pillar to a curtain located between the Timber Falls/Firehouse and Pitkin Falls areas. It is also known as Secret Icicle. It's probably the only pure ice climb in the amphitheatre. It is soloed by Eric Malmgren in the video, Ice Project.

To access the climb, go W from the Willow Way cul-de-sac parking area, off Lupine Dr, off Bighorn Rd. Note, Vail parking laws supposedly prohibit parking along streets unless posted as allowed. Hike West from this cul-de-sac past a green electric box, perhaps 100m. Then go up a steep, narrow drainage to the small amphitheatre. The approach feels like it is a bit longer than it should.

Ascend the vertical pillar. As it connects to the curtain, the angles eases a bit. It is reminiscent of the Piney Lake Pillar off the Red Sandstone Rd. A bit harder, a bit less picturesque. Perhaps 70 feet. Fun.

Rap a half rope length off trees or walk down to the right.


3-4 ice screws.

Toprope Protection

Long slings for the trees.