Ice Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Close up of the nastiness.
Close up of the nastiness.

November 20, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving I traveled to Denver to attend the wedding of a couple of good friends.  Luckily I was able to coordinate with a friend to do a bit of ice climbing before the wedding.  I’ve never climbed in Rocky Mountain National Park, but I’m hoping to get back again.

I lead the first two approach pitches which weren’t all that hard.  Just a little thoughtful in a spot or two.  Doug however lead the crux, Deep Freeze (WI5+).  The pillar was touching down but it was a little dry and hollow in many spots.  The pro Doug was able to get in was primarily rock gear, inspiring less than full confidence.  It was a great pitch nonetheless and I’m happy to have been able to get out.