This is an area created to help with the organization and reduce the cluster for the Vail ice/mixed area.
It's best to exit I-70 at the E Vail exit, about 100miles W of Denver, parking problems abound here, find legal parking or be rich, or you can park near the Pumphouse area. Then hike back east to Spiral Stairs. Climb it or 4th class gully to the right.
From Rich Purnell: Misery was the first mixed line in the upper Staircase area, which I refer to as the Belfry (Spiral Stairs leads to the Belfry). It was put up in February of 1998 with a hand drill and boasted two pins. Svengali followed the next Jan and sent on Feb. 3rd in '99 then Quasimodo in about 2003. All these routes were FA'd without the nice leashless tools and heelspurs we now all know and love. Finally, Pete Takeda and I added Guano and Esmeralda sometime around 2004. I think there is still at least two routes to do here, and a variation to Svengali that would be pretty nice.
work in progress, please be patient
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spiral Staircase area:
Pink Funhouse M7 Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 45 feet
Titties 'n' Beer WI5- M7 Sport, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Tourette's WI4- M6 Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch
Slabutt WI3 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 70 feet
IMAPNISS WI4+ M5 Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Spiral Staircase WI4 Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Rust Never Sleeps WI5- M5+ PG13 Sport, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Secret Probation WI5 M6-7 Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
8mm M7 Trad, Mixed, 1 pitch
Boxed In (aka Stemcicle) WI5- M6+ Trad, Sport, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Dragon's Tongue WI5+ M7 PG13 Trad, Sport, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Public Masturbation M8 Sport, Mixed, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Menora 5.8+ WI4 M4-5 Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For Spiral Staircase area
8mm M7 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Spiral Staircase area
Climb up a shallow corner on small (small) holds. The rock climbing here is technical and fragile. Pull the lip to a sheet of ice no more than 1/2" thick and about 20 feet long. The ice does take a stubby just under the roof but then again there are anchors at that point....[more] Browse More Classics in CO