|West Side of the Canyon
This formation is big enough to support more than one lead line with the easiest being WI5 (today) and the hardest being WI5+. I'm sure there are years 5+ is the easiest line and a WI6 line exists. The top, like most of Rifle's ice climbs, is dirty and the ice can start falling apart. Very comforting to finally get into the rappel anchor. I do love being able to stage for lead right at the car. More incredible Rifle ice. : )
0.6 miles into the canyon. 3 minute approach from the road.
Screws for lead. Fixed rappel anchors around large tree.
Climber: Lynda Christensen, Montrose CO.
We did find a 5+ lead. Climber: Douglas Lossner. 1...
Douglas leading with Betty on belay:
Feb. 11, 2012...
Artemis (Greek Goddess) Vendemmia, Maryland, clean...
Lynda Christensen, Montrose, CO. 1/16/10.
Betty Thorson asking herself: how many overhangs d...
Lynda Christensen behind Soul On Ice. 1/16/10.
Randy Harris, Golden CO., Posing for a photo for s...
Touchdown was as skinny as me. WI6 madness.