Love is expressed through every step, breath, and yearning .
It needs no holiday, to remind you of its importance.
You create a world of beauty , opportunity, and abundance.
It is embedded within your being.
A crazy kind of feeling.
A word that should be said a million times a day.
And if it is not, bring it to thought
And the love will manifest in your own way. ❤️ Chant of the day:
I am love
You are love
We are love
All is love
The rest of the story: bridalveil 3. Another hero ice day out with Tim S. and Jessi Selwyn. Actually a pretty chill day, with a later in the season ascent, the route was unusually casual.
Bridalveil 4. Yesterday with Eric W.
I had a gut feeling that that this time conditions would be for real and I was correct. Full on WI 6 condions that Eric W. lead with grace and tenacity while I was practically crapping in my Gore-Rex bibs on top-rope. Yesterday was a prime example of how Timmy S. probably felt when I took him up some scary ass pitch in the park. "Dude you have checked out of reality" Timmy, I felt your pain and psylogical trauma as I followed Eric W. up some scary ass ice....
Short version: Yesterday I climbed bridaveil with Eric W. We encountered wild overhanging cauliflowers and no letup of mostly WI 6 until the last 40 feet of the route. There were almost no pre-existing screwholes or hooks, and everything was as brittle as shit. Long Version: My adventures on Bridal Veil: (it's a bit long to warn you)
Climbing Bridal veil falls has always provided unusually high amounts of mental stimulation and sometimes; high amounts of lasting PTSD.
It all started back around 2004 when Eric Malmgren (different eric for those of you who don't know) called me out of the blue, frantically talking about how this massively awesome ice climb had reopened after being closed for a number of years, and how I needed to clear my schedule immediately and "get my ass down here." I hopped in the car and sped off to Erics house in copper. After we left copper the mother of all Colorado snowstorms proceeded to pound western Colorado. Eric was super excited and then was driving like a bat out of hell on icy roads with bald all-season tires; and then we skidded off the road and did a awesome rail slide on a raised median, and somehow the car was fully intact. Upon starting the route I had no idea what I was in for which include brutally overhanging chandelierd mushrooms and cauliflowers which were spraying freezing water in your face. After we made it to the top, all of Erics gloves were drenched and his hands were so cold he could grasp the rope, and we had to switch off with my sort of warm gloves.
Bridalveil #2 . Noah M. and I took a trip to Ouray around winter of 2014, and he sprung this idea on me: "hey armin, let's do bridal veil and the Ames ice hose in a day, it wound be super fun" My first reaction was not what he hoped for, but eventually I gave in. I had been doing an excessive amount of hard vail days and such that season, so I had an idea that I might be able keep up with this kid. after the best possible conditions consisting of a balmy warm day, sticky ice and buffed out approach trails, we swapped leads and made it back to the car with plenty of time for happy hour celebrations. @ruckicekid @wild_mtn_girl @jswell