• Date - 02/26/2011
  • Elevation - 8,800'
  • Route - Firehouse Falls
  • Miles - 0.6
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Dan Cillo, Austin Lorehn, Jeff Shafer


After weekend plans fell apart due to adverse weather, the four of us ended going to Vail, Colorado, where we had not climbed at before.  The Firehouse Falls is another ice climbing crag to the east that offers a lot of different mixed and ice lines.  Jeff and I started off in Firehouse East each leading the center of the curtain (WI4) that got fairly stiff for the last 15 to 20 feet of the route.  Dan and Austin each led the West Slab (WI3) in Firehouse West before setting up a top-rope on West Corner (M4).  We all took a run on the mixed line, and then Jeff and I each led West Slab while Dan and Austin went over to Firehouse East.  We set up a top-rope on one of the hard (M6+) lines on the right side of Firehouse West and messed around until we got pumped out.  After this, we finished the day taking another lead up the West Slab before calling it a day.  The alpine slide from the Firehouse Falls back down towards the trailhead was a lot of fun and worth the hike up by itself.


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