Duane Raleigh and Jeff Jackson from Rock & Ice have been dropping bolts into sketchy slabs linked by thin ice sheets near Redstone. The result is a style of mixed climbing that delivers the best of all worlds — thin ice for spice, slabs that feel like 5.12, and overhanging power moves. They are fleeting routes and I got lucky enough to get in on them early last year. With the lack of snow in CO, it looks like nothing will form this winter on this wall, but keep an eye on conditions for future seasons because these are really some of the most unique mixed climbs in the West!
Note: I mention I hate a ledge in the video … that's because the week before this video was shot, I took a 35 footer while manteling over the ice lip. My tool popped in the lousy dry ice as I was preparing to clip and I smoked the slab sideways about 15 feet off the deck. Once I knew I was fine, I was pissed and wanted redemption.