Rifle Ice Conditions 12-21-13

Climbing the Pleasure Pillar in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Climbing the Pleasure Pillar in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13. It’s very climbable with a lot of steps and solid ice with a little thinness in spots. Enjoy!

The ice in Rifle has been great and we had the place to ourselves on a fine Saturday. The ice suffered in some areas due to some sun and warmer temperatures this week but in other areas things have grown. There was a lot of good, solid, cold ice while there was some extra wetness in spots due to the warm weather. All in all, it’s in fine shape for climbing. Let us know if we can help you get out there (970-319-0656). It’s going to be a great Christmas for ice climbing!

Here’s a look at what’s out there:

The Final Curtain in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

The Final Curtain in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Lone Tree (aka Upper Ice Cave) in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Lone Tree (aka Upper Ice Cave) in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Lower Ice Cave in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Lower Ice Cave in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Soul On Ice in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Soul On Ice in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.

Stone Free and Ice Palace in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13. Ice Palace lost the battle with the sun this week but Stone Free faired a little better.

Stone Free and Ice Palace in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13. Ice Palace lost the battle with the sun this week but Stone Free faired a little better.

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