Obsession – David Roetzel Soloing Vail Ice
In 2014, David Roetzel became the first person to solo every major ice formation in East Vail in a single day—a feat which required more than 1,000 feet of ropeless climbing.
Back in 2014, David Roetzel became the first person to solo 15 of Vail, Colorado’s major ice routes in a single day.
Some of the climbs were moderate on the moderate end, around WI 3, others pushed expert territory, around WI 5+.
In an interview on Outdoorresearch.com, Roetzel said of the project, “The biggest variable, The Fang, came in this year  in excellent form and I am climbing as well as I ever have been. … I soloed The Fang for my first time and had fun doing so. After soloing The Fang, I felt that this dream of mine was within my grasp and began to plan for it for real.”