• Date - 12/30/2009
  • Elevation - 8,800'
  • Route - Spiral Staircase
  • Miles - 1.0
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Jeff Shafer, Kevin Smith


Jeff, Kevin, and I got to Vail, Colorado, around 7:30 and hiked up to the Rigid Designator amphitheater to check out the ice before traversing over to the Spiral Staircase.  It was pretty beat out so I was able to lead the pitch.  I set up a top-rope and the three of us took several laps throughout the morning.  Many other parties came and went throughout the day and we actually ended up climbing next to Jack Roberts and a client of his for quite a while.  Jack gave us advice, updated us on ice conditions, and told a few stories as we chatted all morning.  We rode the alpine slide back to the ski trails and had a seasonal Fade to Black stout from Left Hand Brewing Company before heading home.