|Type:||Mixed, 2 pitches|
|FA:||P1: Pete Takeda, P2: Ryan Nelson|
|Submitted By:||Daniel Battin on Jan 21, 2008|
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By Daniel Battin
From: Green Mtn. Falls, CO
Jan 22, 2008
That's right Brett! Stay positive.
Next time will be my fifth on-sight attempt.
By Top Rope Hero
From: Was Estes Park, now homeless
Apr 2, 2010
Up walks me and Tony Angelis to the Designator Amphitheater. We brought this kid with us, right? Sam. Sam's NEVER been mixed climbing, right? ONLY done his first TR ice climbing the week before.
So we're walking around, asking the Vail regulars what might be good M line for a rookie like Sam. Sam looks over at Fatman and says, "Hey, we should do THAT!" He trots over and starts flakin' rope and setting out his POS ice tools, a pair of awful leash-less BD Reactors he borrowed from Summit Canyon. Meanwhile all the wide-eyed, head-shaking hard men are grumblin', "This guy's gonna die...what a prick."
It's right about the time that Sam reaches the very top of the first ice pillar, unprotected--this after just FLOATING the opening cave moves--that all of us watching, entranced, slack-jawed, stupefied, start to think: "Hey wait-a-minute...mortals can't do THAT!"
Then, with a goofy smile, Sam shouts down from what would easily be a groundfall smack-down: "Hummm...say. I should probably set a screw or something. How do I do that?"
He goes on, of course, to smoke Fatman and a handful of other Vail testpieces that day not even THINKING of falling.
It was only later that I found out from Tony that Sam is Sam Elias, 5.14 freakboy whose face is plastered all over the latest Rifle Mountain Park guide. And so it came to pass that I was allowed to belay one of the gods.
Which was ALMOST as cool as when Ines Papert used my laptop to phone home. That I should be so lucky....
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 4, 2010
By Jesse Huey
Feb 10, 2012
Probably one of the best routes in the amphitheater because it has ICE!!!!
The last bolt is "special."