Ice Climbing – Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Loch Vale Ice Climbers
On Sunday, I went ice climbing with Doug, Rick, and Slava. It was a gorgeous day at Loch Vale, in Rocky Mountain National Park. We were treated to perfect ice climbing conditions. It was my third ice climbing trip and, by far, the most fun!

In the Loch Vale Ice Cave
In the ice cave!
Photo Courtesy: Rick Casey

Loch Vale has a nice 30-40 minute approach and a variety of moderate climbs. My favorite thing about Loch Vale was the naturally formed ice cave, which sheltered us from the wind.

Clare Ice Climbing at Loch Vale
Climbergirl on Ice!
Photo Courtesy: Rick Casey

We climbed there for about 4 hours. When everybody had a good forearm pump, we called it a day.

Climbergirl Excited to Ice Climb at Loch Vale
Arriving at Loch Vale

Loch Vale Ice Climbing Wall - Crystal Meth Area
Slava and Doug Approaching the Ice Wall (Crystal Meth sector)

Rick at Loch Vale - Ready to Ice Climb
Rick just outside the ice cave.

Doug at Base of Crystal Meth
Doug belaying Slava.

Clare and Rick Ready to Slice Ice
Clare and Rick, selfie!

Slava Placing an Ice Screw
Slava placing an ice screw on a WI3 route.

Slava Slicing Ice Up High
Here’s Slava higher up (same route as the previous picture).

I started on this WI3 climb. By the time I reached the top, Slava had done two laps on the Crystal Meth WI4 (see picture below), which is just to the right of this route. He’s an excellent ice climber.

Slava Ice Climbing Crystal Meth
Slava enjoying Crystal Meth, WI4.

Rick Ice Climbing Crystal Meth
Rick up high on Crystal Meth, WI4.

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