- Date Hiked: February 19, 2007
- Miles Hiked: 2.5 (Estimate)
- Elevation Gain: 1,000' (Estimate)
- Hiking Partner(s): Brian Kooeinga
- Routes: WI2-3 (6 Pitches)
- The last time I drove by Three Tiers, there appeared to be a lot
more ice than my first trip to this location. Brian and I drove up
to Silverthorne Sunday night and stayed at his condo to avoid having to
get up too early. By the time we got to the climb, we realized that
it had snowed quite a bit since I saw all the blue ice and the climbing
- After scrambling to the base of the climb, Brian free climbed the
first pitch and brought me up. On the second pitch, I managed to get
two screws in before reaching the second belay station. We didn't
like the looks of the snow filled gully, so we bailed to the rocks on
climber's left and did three scrambling pitches in order to get a look at
the ice farther up the gully.
- Our final pitch was certainly the most sustained and
difficult ice climbing of the day. I actually thought it quite thin,
but Brian was willing to give it a shot and did a great job leading it.
He found one bolted anchor on the top of the pitch and brought me up to
finish the climbing. We rapped down the most difficult pitch
separately and then scrambled over to the trees. We did three more
simultaneous rappels before getting back down to the entrance of the gully
where we began.