Upper left corner climber graphic Upper right corner climber graphic
Silverplume Ice
Page title underline graphic

» » »

With a couple of weekdays off, Ben "Gnorga" and I took off on a mini road trip, February 2nd, 2004, up the I70 Corridor in Colorado for some ice climbing. Hitting the road at 8:00AM (10:30 Ben Standard Time), we got as far as Silverplume Falls (WI3) for our 1st day out. We were lucky it was fairly cold, with our late start and the sun shining as bright as it was on the ice.

Ben, standing below a frozen Silverplume Falls, at Silverplume, Colorado

After a warm-up following Ben (pictured below), I gave the sharp end a try for my fist ice lead. I found that the warm fussy feeling I have placing rock protection is somewhat more chilled with ice screws. I'm not convinced they really hold, and I'm in no hurry to find out.

Ben leading the first run up the Silverplume Falls ice

Ben grabbed this shot as I topped out following his lead. I found the ice to be in better shape than I expected for an area that probably gets a lot of heavy traffic on the weekends: being so close to the Denver / Boulder area.

Myself topping out on the Siverplume Falls ice

Our second day, after one cold night in the back of Ben's Suburban, took us to the -

Ice at Vail, Colorado.

Colorado Ice Climbing Guide Books

Colorado Ice Climber's Guide

Colorado Ice

Click for Georgetown, Colorado Forecast