The Rigid Designator Steps
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|Type:||Trad, Mixed, Ice, 200 ft, 3 pitches|
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|Shared By:||419 on Feb 10, 2013|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe Rigid Designator steps offer an adventure beyond the Vail Amphitheater. Post hole up the Designator gully and earn a few feet of wild ice. For reference The Designator will be considered Step 1.
Step 2: Drop down into the gully and belay from a cluster of trees on the left. Climb a short section of WI2 ice and creek bed. Gain the base of a 15 foot pillar (WI3-4), and check the ice conditions. It is easy to retreat from here by traversing left. If the ice is satisfactory, climb the pillar and look left to belay from a large tree. Step 3 is now visible.
Step 3: I have not climbed Step 3 yet. It looks more committing than Step 2. It is possibly WI4+ M6-7? There are a couple downed trees and thin ice to negotiate. You may be able to hitch one of the larger trees with a 4-6 foot piece of cord.