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Lincoln Falls, Colorado
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Having tried ice climbing for the 1st time this season, winter 2002/2003, Ben "Gnorga" took me down to Lincoln Falls, Colorado, for my 1st multi-pitch ice climb. As we geared up, Ben asked if I'd like to lead the 1st pitch - "Ha!" Having never led or even cleaned an ice climb before, I assured him, the lead was all his.

Lincolf Fall from the parking area, zoomed in

While the current drought in the western U.S. has taken its toll on the waterfall ice formations, I was impressed by the amount of ice and variations available here.

Agled view of the Lincoln Falls - we started up the on the right

Something every ice climber knows, and I was just learning, was that even on extremely cold days, waterfall ice continues to form. As Ben placed his final ice screw of the day, it sprung a sizable leak in the ice, and caused us both a little wet discomfort finishing this climb.

Ben topping out on the 2nd and final pitch at Lincolf Falls

While I took a final shot of Ben standing on top of the waterfall, I was happy to have this day nearly over. I had dressed expecting a more active day; however, this standing around belaying in the shade on a windy winter day had proven to be a cold sport to say the least, and I'll definitely be wearing some warmer clothes next time out.

Ben standing on top of Lincoln Falls

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