A 2:40am wake-up call, met Kooienga in Denver at 4am and we headed north
towards All Mixed Up in RMNP. Those plans were thwarted when we saw a sign in
Lyons that RMNP is closed due to the fire. CRAP! Plan B was Officers Gulch just
past Frisco. So after several hours in the car, we were finally about to get on
some ice. A huge 1/2mile hike along the bike path then slippin' and slidin' to
the base of the climb. BK headed off for the lead with double ropes in tow. The
first pitch is wide, pretty mellow with sticky ice, ~WI2. Anchors up on the
right. The second pitch was about the same, great ice and easy to get sticks...
anchor in a bush on the left after a steeper WI3 section. Third pitch had a
couple steep parts between mellow sections. Since we were using 60M ropes, we
had to simul-climb for a bit to get up to the anchors. Not a big deal, yet fun
to practice the art of simul-climbing when we couldn't hear each other and
removing ice screws with icy ropes. Up at the V-thread anchor we tried our best
to not make a mess of the ropes and setup the rappel. We rapped to another
V-thread, rapped to the left anchor, got the ropes stuck, dealt with spaghetti
ropes, down to the first anchor, then to the bottom.