First time climbing ice @ 50 years old. After 3 times, I decided I could lead a few pitches. From then on, I can lead the whole route.
I climb this every winter just to get back into it for the year and to get ready for Ouray. A great beginner climb or for someone learning to lead.
I've done this one a bunch of times--most recently January 21, 2010.
This was my very first ice climb, my first ice solo, and I do it once a year typically. I once soloed it in 49 minutes car to car, but that's a far cry from Alex Lowe's alleged 13 minute (or 18 minute?) time. Climbing it at night is particularly fun.
This was the first time a ever climbed it and I go back every year. Love it. My favorite time to climb it is 1:00 am.
Eric and I took a break from rock climbing in Red Rocks and drove up to Salt Lake to do some ice climbing. There were a ton of parties on the route when we arrived, but we were still able to get it done pretty quickly. We soloed the first 2 pitches, Eric led the third, and I led the crux fourth pitch. Overall, the route was pretty lean and the crux pitch was definitely harder than WI3...more like WI 4-.
Climbed GWI with Gibran just right after landing from a trip from Europe (jet-lagged). 4th pitch was interesting to top out on frozen moss and running water just to my left. All in all, a fun & easy climb.
After being rebuffed by winter thaws over my previous winter breaks, I finally got to climb this thing. A great climb, and every pitch was quite unique.
Climbed many times roped and unroped. It is nice to have such a long and moderate route close to home; great climb. Thanks for the page, Joe.
Climbed 2 times:
12/01/06 - Climbed with Brian on an overcast and snowy day. Soloed P1 and led P3, Brian on the other 2 leads.
12/10/05 - Also with Brian, good conditions on a somewhat cold December day. Led P2 and first half of P4. Several other parties on the route.