|Ames Ice Hose, WI5 180m.|
David Fay and I headed out to Telluride and crashed at a ski bum house with some CC alums. It was quickly clear to me that I could never live like them(alot more partying than skiing), but having a place to stay was rad. We took a look at Bridal Veil. It seemed chandeliered and in difficult early season condition. Saturday was spend cragging at Bear Creek.
The next day we decided to push ourselves a bit and get on Ames. It turned out to be less than a stretch for us. Usually the first pitch is an unprotected mixed climb, serious and technical. Instead we found a great pillar of steep ice. I led the first pitch and then David led 2 and 3, taking us to the top of the route. All the pitches were pristine, no signs of traffic and great ice. They all required about a WI4/5 effort, each being difficult in a different way.
|Pitch 3, smooth and blue.|