Soloing Vestal Peak was everything I hoped it to be. The incredible quarzite rock was certainly smooth, but a number of cracks that gradually steepened before breaking into bigger ledges towards the top provided a level of scrambling I have never seen in Colorado. And, my personal favorite part, I could feel the massive amount of air below me, both as I got higher on the north face, but also continuously on the sheer west face which was never too far away on this route.
Colorado’s resident and visiting recreationalists will soon have a good reason to head out of the mountains and into the Front Range. This month, Arc’teryx Equipment will open its latest U.S. brand store in Denver.