Andy in the Rockies

Trip reports, videos, and photos from hiking, climbing,
and mountaineering adventures in Colorado and beyond.

Clear Creek Canyon - Coors Lite
January 5, 2008

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Me hiking up to the upper flow....Jeff toproping the upper flow....Eric messing around on the upper flow....Jeff toproping the upper flow....Jeff sports a new piece of gear: the chicken screamer (patent pending)....The chicken screamer (patent pending) in action....Jeff leading the upper flow....All smiles before my first water ice lead....Me placing my second ever screw on lead (the first was on Notch Couloir)....Me on the lower portion of the lower flow....Me on the middle part of the lower flow....Me on the middle part of the lower flow....Me on the upper part of the lower flow....Scott toproping the lower flow....Me lowering off after leading the upper flow....
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There were eight of us from on this trip so I thought I might not really get much quality climbing in. Nevertheless I totally got my fill getting in total of four laps.

The ice was in much better condition than I'd ever experienced before - beautiful plastic ice. The sticks were awesome - not the usual flailing into bullet hard ice that I'm used to - it was like butta. Not only was the ice awesome - but I also had my new Grivel Rambo IV crampons fresh from the box. These two things combined embiggened my courage and after toproping both flows I then proceeded to lead them! It felt really, really great to finally get that first water ice lead under my belt. I can't wait to do more.

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