|Pumphouse & downhill
This climb is relatively easy to the curtain part. It is possible to take a break behind it or bail from the climb at that point. From the curtain, one can walk down to the right (facing the ice fall). Then, the crux is topping out at the most vertical part of the ice fall.
NOTE: To admins (and to those more familiar of the Vail area), please correct this entry if wrong. This may not be 19th Fairway, but something else. We did cross the golf course (aka Nordic tracks in the winter). This ice fall was visible right from our parked spot. The gully east of this one, we saw an ice fall that looked very much like the Pumphouse ice fall photos. Please see my GPS points to verify route. Thanks.
Parked here: N39 38.667 W106 20.285 (8262 ft).
Base of the climb: N39 38.392 W106 20.122 (8913 ft).
In waist deep snow with no trail broken, expect to hike about 4 hours. I think the gully east of this one is the Pumphouse icefall.
Pro: 4-5 ice screws.
Anchor: There were slings around a few trees. Quite far back.
|By Shameless Shaemus|
May 2, 2013
Bouldered the two short flows at Vail's Golf Club (19th or 9th Hole falls etc.) today. The winter that wouldn't end...ice climbing in May for the sheer novelty of it. Fun quick hit solo/bouldering spot easy approach through the trees off the road that passes the golf club.