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Waterfall ice climbing: the USA

Vail, Colorado

As a free-standing column (which means that it is supported only by its base and top), the Fang in Vail in a very impressive-looking climb, which does not always form. Indeed, in January 96, with no beta about prior ascents in the season, I stared at it for one hour from every possible viewpoint before making up my mind. Since it was here, and I had flown all the way from California, I might as well give it a try. This winter, it grew fatter and didn't collapse until the end of the season. (These two photos by George Bell)

George Bell on the Fang.



Riffle, Colorado

That's like "sport ice climbing" there. The approach is about one minute or less, the climbs are short but very steep. Wayne Trzyna and George Bell in action.


Provo Canyon, Utah

I've payed three different visits to Provo Canyon, as it is in my opinion the ice-climbing area the closest to the San Francisco Bay Area. It takes less time to fly to Salt Lake City from SFO and to drive to the Provo Canyon than to drive to Lee Vining, and the climbing is much better. This series of images was taken during a trip with Ky-Van in Dec 1995.

Approaching the climbs in Provo Canyon, Utah Climbing in  Provo Canyon, Utah Climbing in  Provo Canyon, Utah Climbing in  Provo Canyon, Utah Climbing in  Provo Canyon, Utah Rappeling from an ice climb in Provo Canyon, Utah Rappeling from an ice climb in Provo Canyon, Utah

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