WHEN WINTER ROLLS AROUND, there are three options that climbers usually consider: We can head to the climbing gym, hang up our rock shoes in favor of another sport, or work hard so that we can take off more time the next season. I live in Southern California where the desert can get pretty cold, but there is always somewhere to climb. I headed to Colorado though, where snow and “real” cold can transform an easy climb into an epic adventure. I need a little burst of adrenaline to feel awake and motivated, which I don’t get in a gym. I packed my ice climbing gear into the back of my truck and, against popular opinion, I also packed my rock gear. Even though I lived in Colorado for 16 years, I wasn’t sure what I would find.
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