Ice, rock climb permit eyed by Forest Service |

Ice, rock climb permit eyed by Forest Service

Cliff Thompson/Daily Staff Writer

Vail Rock and Ice Guides has applied to the U.S. Forest Service to renew its special use permit.

The guided climbing service’s permit authorized 350 climbing days for rock climbers at Hornsilver Campground, Homestake Valley and Camp Hale and 150 days of ice climbing at the East Vail Chute, Red Sandstone Creek and Booth Falls areas.

Public comments are being gathered by the Forest Service prior to acting on the permit renewal. It will also conduct an environmental analysis of the potential impacts from the guided climbs.

There are seven outfitters and guides who use the Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest.

If you have a comment, direct it to: Dave Van Norman, Holy Cross assistant district ranger, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, Colo. 81645 or e-mail it to

Cliff Thompson can be reached via e-mail at or by calling 949-0555, ext. 450.

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