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There are at least three areas with ice climbing in the vicinity of Vail and on the North side of I-70. The most significant area is Booth Creek with its amazing, fragile pillars and gullies basking in the sun. Expect a hump if you want to climb here. However, there are also at least two other climbs, one is just next to the frontage road near the East Vail exit. Another lies just north off the Piney Lake Rd. With the exception of the last climb, all are potentially subject to the kryptonite-like power of the Colorado sun. So, use good judgment and climb on cold, cloudy days.
I-70, to the E Vail exit. Go W. For the Booth Creek area, go N at the towards Booth Creek. Park at the end of the road. Check the signs out before leaving your car. Hike, snowshoe, or ski in.
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Piney Lake Pillar WI3-4 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : North Vail, non-Booth Creek
This is a nice alternative at Vail. It is located north of Vail on Red Sandstone Rd. As Tom mentions, if there are no tracks, it can be a bit deep on the approach.The climbing is a 60 foot pillar with beautiful, red, sandstone rock nearby. Snow can pile up in the drainage between the road and the ice. As you can see in the photo here, there is a fairly wide section of ice which can hold a few different lines to climb here. It can be sunny. It faces SE.The rappel trees are a bit further bac...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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