• Date - 12/27/2008
  • Elevation - 9,800'
  • Route - Silverplume Falls
  • Miles - 1.0
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Jeff Fox


Instead of fighting ski traffic and driving to Vail, Colorado, Jeff and I stayed closer to home and climbed at Silverplume Falls.  The forecast was predicting cold temperatures and we weren't sure how the day was going to turn out.  We didn't want to invest a lot of time into driving and an approach, so Silverplume Falls seemed like a good option.  It was cold, and my first lead resulted in extremely cold hands regardless of a light grip on the tools.  After dropping the rope and walking off, Jeff sport climbed the same route and then set up top rope.  He cleaned screws as I lowered him, and then we each made several runs on the left side of the flow.  We moved the top rope to the more difficult right side after another party left and again made a few more laps.  By late morning, we had actually warmed up some and I was feeling much better than when we first arrived.  I decided to lead the right side before we called it a day.  Although not a great ice day, we had a good time and were glad to have gotten out.


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