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Piney Lake Pillar 

WI3-4

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus: WI3-4 [details]
FA: unknown
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Nov 15, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: Silly climber, ice is for drinks!

Description 

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 back, so 2 ropes are useful if you decide to rappel. We didn't look for a walkoff.


Protection 

Ice screws, 2 ropes to rap useful.



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Piney Lake Pillar, Mar 2007.
Piney Lake Pillar, Mar 2007.
Conditions in Mar. 2007.
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By Tom Willard
Jun 7, 2007

Trail to and from the road is not often used and might require snowshoes if someone else hasn't recently postholed before you.