I recently read Pete Takeda’s An Eye at the Top of the World. Not my favorite book but an interesting story about climbing, the CIA and a Cold War attempt to spy on the Chinese with a plutonium-powered surveillance device. What’s not to like about a story with those elements? Check out this video to hear about the story and if you’re really interested, check out the book.
Prepare to have your palms sweat while watching Alex Honnold in Mexico on what may be the biggest, hardest free solo ever. Enjoy you Monday!
Warm weather has hit the area but have no fear, there is still ice to climb! Here’s a look at current conditions in Rifle Mountain Park. As usual, give us a call at 970-319-0656 if you’re interested in sticking your tools into some ice!
On the far right of Glenwood Falls is a lower angled, easier climb that is less susceptible to the dangers of sun and warm weather than the main, traditional line. A large pine tree is the customary rappel point for the route but the uphill side of the tree has been hammered by rock fall and has a large gouge in the bark with oozing sap from at least one quartzite block making impact. A few old slings are partially or completely severed from that rock fall and serve as a stark reminder of the importance of checking what you are trusting for rappel.
The Final Curtain in Rifle Mountain Park is some of the most consistently forming ice in western Colorado and is a virtual playground of climbing opportunities with lines ranging from WI3 to challenging WI5. Here, Martin tackles a variation on the center or standard middle line up the Final Curtain on a beautiful, sunny day.
Despite a week of sun and warm temperatures in the valley, the ice in Rifle is super solid. Minus the typical stuff that suffers with prolonged exposure to the sun (Ice Palace for example), there is plenty of stuff to throw your picks at. Here’s an updated look at conditions in Rifle. Get out there and, as always, give us a call at 970-319-0656 for a guided day or personal instruction.
Here’s the latest look at conditions in Rifle Mountain Park. Things are climbing great and there is plenty to do. Give us a call at 970-319-0656 if you want a guided trip or personal instruction from Glenwood Climbing Guides. Happy climbing!
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 ice is climbing great in Rifle. Here’s a visual tour of what’s out there.
Give us a call at 970-319-0656 for guided ice climbing trips and gear rentals or check out www.glenwoodclimbing.com.
Also, here’s a drive-by look at Glenwood Falls. Be wary of the forecast and when you decide to climb this thing. Additionally, Hidden Falls is looking good and word was there was tracks leading up to it. Also, Mystery Falls looks like it has some ice on it.