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East Vail Falls (aka Pitkin Creek Falls) T 

East Vail Falls (aka Pitkin Creek Falls) 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 2 pitches
Original: WI3-4 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Sep 22, 2005

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East Vail Falls.

Description 

This was incorrectly (sorry) listed as Pitkin Creek Falls, which I've been informed by Griz to be 3 miles up a trail.

This is a nice bit of ice just west/downhill from TimberFalls/Columbine/Firehouse area. The climbing goes 110 feet (listed as such to avoid stranding climbers with a single 50m or 60m) on nice ice that thins to a open or closed tube at the top and ends at some trees. There is a short pitch of ice above this. Rap off trees or the bolts placed more recently.

Leaner ice conditions give rise to a nice M6 TR out an overhang to a hanging curtain to the left.

Access status is apparently legal via open space access (thanks, Rob!). Parking is available to the west. Tickets are provided to those who park on the street.

Protection 

Ice screws.


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By Mike Bannister
Mar 7, 2013

Fun route, less sustained and less classic than Pumphouse and much less hacked out than the Staircase. Not sure about the 110 foot length, a 60m rope worked just fine for us as a slingshot TR. Be very careful what you anchor to above this climb, some of the bushes that have rap anchors on them are beyond bad. Be prepared to back up fixed anchors.
By Bogdan P
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 18, 2017

There are now bolts near the top off to the right. The route is less than the claimed 110ft.

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