OverviewA great moderate mixed route that works perfect as an introduction to the rock and style of a lot of mixed lines in Vail. First put up by David Roetzel, this well protected climb has 6 bolts that lead to some ice and two Fixe ring anchors. Whether a warm-up route or your first time on mixed, this is a fun line not to be missed!
Getting ThereGetting to Vail is simple. Take I-70 west, (about 100 miles if you start in Denver proper). Take the first exit to Vail, also called the E Vail exit, to access the most classic of the climbs and to reach 'Cupcake Corner'. Parking is a hassle due to access issues, and it is best to arrive early on the weekend.
As of 2007 there seem to be conflicting signs at the Pumphouse parking lot talkingt about pay. I have never had an issue here and it is best to park here, where the trail is marked clearly for ice climbers. As always, please be respectful towards other and stay on the designated ice climbers trail.
Route DescriptionFollow the well protected crack to the left of the bolt line higher and higher. After the 5th bolt, some groveling might be in order and many holds work best as handhold.
Gain the ice after the 6th bolt and either run it out to the anchors, or place a screw in well bonded ice.