Locals Corner

Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote setting that makes for one […]

Redstone Ice Conditions Update 1.9.17

Redstone Ice Conditions Update 1.9.17

Disclaimer: Ice climbing is dangerous, use the below information at your own risk. It may be completely inaccurate due to the rapidly changing nature of ice conditions. Even though I probably should have been out skiing pow with everyone else, we went climbing in Redstone to see how things were shaping up. Last time I […]

When Tomorrow Never Comes

When Tomorrow Never Comes

I can only imagine how excited you were, hiking up to the base in the crisp, pre-dawn air. You’d probably been watching this thing grow, knowing it doesn’t come in often. The day before you died, I noticed the same line and thought of you, even though we hadn’t climbed together in a while. You […]

Guidebook Update

Guidebook Update

So yeah, it’s been quiet around here, but not because I’m sitting around wasting away my summer watching reruns and eating cheesy poofs. Rather, I’m up to my neck in guidebook research, and don’t have much time for anything else, as we are going to press in the next month. Here’s a few images for […]

Redstone Ice Conditions 1.8.14

Redstone Ice Conditions 1.8.14

The ice in Redstone is in great shape, with all the standards looking good and many other things to climb on as well. Here are the details: Banzai Pipeline – has ice on it, may be climbable but will be very hard. The bolted route to its right is doable. Avocado Gully – In typical […]

Redstone Ice Conditions Update – 12.10.13

Redstone Ice Conditions Update – 12.10.13

After one of the worst ice years in recent memory, this year is shaping up to be one of the best. There is already ice coming in that typically doesn’t show up until much later in the winter. If you aren’t local, it’s probably not worth a trip just yet, but in a couple weeks […]

Gold Butte – What’s Old is New Again

Gold Butte – What’s Old is New Again

Climbers in the Roaring Fork Valley have something extra to be thankful for this year: the reopening of an old crag, and one that’s good in winter too. Gold Butte, just outside Aspen, was a popular spot in the 60′s, but has been closed for many years. It officially reopened this fall, and I caught […]

New Route at the Puoux – Midnight Run, 5.13d

Logan Jauernigg recently completed a new route on the Fault Wall at the Puoux in Glenwood Canyon, creating Midnight Run, 5.13d. The route was an open project bolted by Joe Kinder, and Logan describes it as “really bouldery down low, the crux revolves around a razor sharp three finger edge, but after it rolls over […]

An Embarrassment of Riches

I’ve been spending some time up at a new cliff this year. Only one other person I know of has actually hiked up to it, and that was a long time ago. It sits high above the valley, with stunning views in every direction. The hike is steep, but only 30 min or so, standard […]

Rifle Climber’s Festival Recap – Moustache or Unibrow?

When you’re out enjoying a day of sport climbing and a gaggle of climbers walk up to the cliff with stick-on mustaches affixed to their upper lip, cheek and forehead, you might be a little concerned. You may even decide to leave the cliff and remove yourself from this clearly annoying situation with obviously deficient […]

Local Beta – Friends & Family Wall

I wish I could say the new guidebook will be out any day now, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Maybe because the previous edition came together so quickly, this one is falling into the usual guidebook trap of repeatedly pushing back the deadline. In order to give a glimpse of what’s coming, I’m hoping […]

New Western Slope Guidebooks in the Works

I wanted to get the word out that there are new guidebooks currently in the works for the Western Slope. Yes, that’s books, plural, because it’s going to be a two part volume. Rifle will have it’s own book (volume 1), and then the rest of the crags in the area will have their own. […]

Vail & Redstone Ice Featured in North Face Athlete Videos

It’s mid winter, might as well keep the ice climbing stoke going! The North Face just released two new videos profiling their athletes Emily Harrington and Sam Elias, with some sweet footage shot at Vail and Redstone. It’s also cool to get some insight into how each of them approaches the sport, as they are […]

Redstone Ice Conditions 1.6.12

Redstone Ice Conditions 1.6.12

Despite the lack of snow, the ice in Redstone is actually pretty good right now.

Homegrown Talent Slideshow

Homegrown Talent Slideshow

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but the weather in Colorado has been amazing for this time of year. Hope everyone’s been getting out and enjoying the prime late season conditions. Sounds like there’s quite a bit of snow on the way this weekend, and if you are looking for something to […]

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Locals Corner

Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote setting that makes for one […]

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