• Date - 04/27/2019
  • Elevation - 8,800'
  • Route - Firehouse Falls
  • Miles - 0.6
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Scott Borger


Scott and I haven't been out together since 2014.  After exchanging a couple of texts we had plans to get one last day of ice climbing in for the 2018/2019 season.  We didn't go too early as competition for the ice would be low in late April.  The approach to Firehouse Falls was moderately challenging and it was important to attempt to stay on the packed trail or post-hole deeply.  We each got five laps of climbing on the west side and two laps on the east side.  Scott even got a lead in despite not having climbed much ice recently.  We got a lot of climbing in, enjoyed the weather, and caught up with each other through good discussion all day.


Sunrise in the Vail Valley.Post-HolingApproachFirehouse Falls (West)James at the base of the ice.All geared up.JamesJamesJamesJames on rappel.ScottScottLunchFirehouse Falls (East)ScottScottScottScottScottScottScottJames and ScottGlissade