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This is another area contribution for organizational purposes. This subarea is created to encompass ice not in Booth Creek and north of I-70 in Vail. Included here for the time being are: Piney Lake Pillar and Goat's Beard. Other dribbles of ice do form here during cold, wet, cloudy stretches of Colorado winter.
I-70 to the E Vail exit. Go W on the frontage road. Piney Lake Pillar is up FR 700 (Red Sandstone Rd.) near a tall structure in Vail. Goat's Beard is roadside and obvious if it is in.
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Piney Lake Pillar WI3-4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
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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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