George, Nate, and I went to Vail for a short day of climbing. I had to be home early for a Christmas Party, so we didn't have a lot of time. We each got a quick run on the Rigid Designator before calling it a day. George led about half the climb before the cold really took over and prevented any further progress. I don't think the temperature got over five degrees which made it very difficult to keep you hands warm and place protection. After George lowered off, we set up a top rope to retrieve our gear and give Nate and I a chance to climb. A little over half way up my run we all heard a large pop from the brittle ice. Despite the fact that I was on a top rope and was able to hook most of the route, I still thought it was hard and I was pumped out at the top of the route. I finished my climb and then belayed Nate as George moved to the side of the Rigid Designator amphitheatre to take a few photos. About halfway up, George noticed a fairly large crack in the pillar which he told Nate to check out. Nate finished climbing shortly after looking at the crack and we called it a day. The beers at the trailhead were nice and cold. Additionally, Nate's wife made some tasty breakfast burritos that we finished off.