• Date - 04/16/2023
  • Elevation - 8,800'
  • Route - Spiral Staircase
  • Miles - 1.0
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Brian Kooienga


Brian and I got a late season ice day in at Vail, Colorado.  We hadn't been to the Spiral Staircase for a couple years, so we decided to check it out.  The start of the climb was fairly spicey, and the middle section was pretty vertical.  Fortunately, the ice conditions were favorable and we were each able to get a few laps in.


The Fang

Rigid Designator

The start of the Spiral Staircase.

James standing at the base of the Spiral Staircase.

Brian starting up the Spiral Staircase.

Brian in the middle of the climb.

Brian topping out on the Spiral Staircase.