Climbing Ice at Jewel Lake

Adam Hufford tearing it up on lead at the Jewel Lake ice in RMNP

Yesterday, Mike Newlands, Jess Miltenberger, Adam Hufford and I went up to Jewel Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park for a casual day of ice climbing. We had stunningly perfect weather for the hike in. I lead the first pitch in solid style, feeling quite comfortable in my new Vasque single boots. Pysched on the Boa lacing.

We each took a turn on toprope. Jess learned quickly how to get into a groove and topped out on her first attempt…but dealt with a bout of “screaming barfies” while rewarming her hands at the base. Adam led two pitches later in the day, and I took photos from the top. Topped it off with beer and chili rellenos at Ed’s in downtown Estes. All in all a great day.

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