TELLURIDE – Anyone planning to attempt climbing the Bridal Veil Falls ice flow once it opens for the season Dec. 5 is urged to pack a healthy dose of “common sense” along with their helmet, axes and other climbing gear, San Miguel County officials warn.
Climbers who are “anything less than an expert” should find another climb, says San Miguel County Open Space and Recreation Coordinator Linda Luther-Broderick, as the famously dangerous and difficult Bridal Veil exposes climbers to potentially hazardous avalanche terrain.
It is incumbent upon climbers to educate themselves and take all safety precautions before attempting this climb, including consulting with local guides and climbers as to route conditions and calling the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 970-387-5712 for current snow information. In addition:
All climbers must sign in and out at the register and review rules and information before proceeding;
Professional guides must obtain a permit from San Miguel County Open Space and Recreation (333 West Colorado Ave.) and present evidence of liability insurance;
Climbers must be properly equipped, and remove all ice and/or rock protection other than that used for retreat;
Access to Bridal Veil Ice flow is limited to County Road K69, and all climbers must stick to designated climbing routes and avoid the Powerhouse area at the top of the falls; Top roping is prohibited.
Public access to Bridal Veil Falls ice flow is made possible through a public recreational access license granted to San Miguel County and the Trust for Public Land by the Idarado Mining Company. The license area allows legal access within 15 feet of the main ice flow on either side. Parking is on the left at the terminus of CO Hwy 145 where the asphalt ends and the road becomes CR K69.
“Please respect the area and its regulations,” says Luther-Broderick. “Abuses of the area or violations of the license agreement could result in this climb being closed to the public.”
No representations are being made as to the current condition of the ice, she emphasizes.
Complete rules and regulations and permit applications are available on the San Miguel County Web site at www.sanmiguelcounty.org.