• Date - 02/24/2024
  • Elevation - < 7,000'
  • Route - Mickeys Big Mouth
  • Miles - 0.5
  • Elevation Gain - 300'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Kennedy Just


My daughter Kennedy enjoyed her first time out ice climbing a couple of weeks ago, so we decided to go again.  This time we went out a bit earlier in the day and climbed another short beginner pitch in Clear Creek Canyon outside of Golden, Colorado, called Mickeys Big Mouth.  We knew it was in from seeing it earlier in the month.  Similar to Coors Lite, Mickeys is right off the highway with a short approach.

A couple of parties were climbing when we showed up; however, they both went up to the second pitch about 100 yards farther up the canyon so we had the ice flow to ourselves for a couple of hours.  Another pair of climbers showed up later on in the morning, but there was enough room to accomodate everyone.

Kennedy and I enjoyed our morning together as we each climbed the pitch several times before calling it a day.  I got several leads in, and Kennedy even decided to attempt to mock lead and place a few ice screws.  It might be time to ramp it up a bit and take her to Vail, Colorado, or other more challenging areas to test her skills.  She did very well and worked on her technique and stronger swings.


James leading Mickeys Big Mouth.

James leading Mickeys Big Mouth.

James leading Mickeys Big Mouth.

James leading Mickeys Big Mouth.

Kennedy lowering James after the short lead.

Kennedy shaking out the pump.

Kennedy shaking out the pump.

Dad belaying his daughter.

Kennedy working her way up Mickeys Big Mouth.

Kennedy practicing placing an ice screw.

Kennedy pulling the buldge while being belayed from above.

James rappelling after breaking down the anchor.

Kennedy and James getting ready to head out after a morning of climbing.