Up to six feet of snow has fallen this year in and around the high mountain community of Redstone, Colorado, creating banner conditions for the region’s some 100 ice and mixed routes. With Redstone’s annual Winterfest looming large February 14 through 17, there are bound to be plenty of routes for everyone, and once-in-a-decade routes such as Cold Heaven (WI5 200 feet) are in good shape and getting regular ascents. Other local favorites including
Avocado Gully (WI 3), Redstone Pillar (WI 4), Hayes Creek Falls (WI 1) and the Drool (WI 4+) are fat.
Winterfest, hosted by the American Alpine Club as part of their Craggin’ Classic tour, and with clinics by Aspen Expeditions, gear demos by CAMP and Petzl, free sleigh rides and daily events including beer tasting, the Presiden’s Day weekend event promises to be the best so far. Visiting climbers be sure to stop by the Rock and Ice booth and pick up a free copy of the latest issue and a guide to the local ice.