Ice Climbing

  • Hang on with Wild Chronicles as two dedicated ice climbers attempt to scale Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, Colorado. A frozen waterfall standing more than 40 stories high, Bridal Veil was once thought nearly impossible to climb. With the added dangers of avalanches and giant falling icicles, these two climbers try to pick their way to the top.

    1. How do authorities intentionally start avalanches around Bridal Veil?

      Bombs are dropped from helicopters, triggering avalanches.

    2. What tools and equipment do Duncan and Nancy use to scale Bridal Veil?

      The climbers wear helmets, gloves, thick snowsuits, boots, and crampons (spikes attached to their boots). They carry ropes, picks, and axes.

    3. What are the biggest obstacles faced by Duncan and Nancy?

      Enormous icicles surround the climbers halfway up the icefall. Duncan and Nancy don't know if the icicles will hold their weight.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    avalanche Noun

    large mass of snow and other material suddenly and quickly tumbling down a mountain.

    Encyclopedic Entry: avalanche
    ice Noun

    water in its solid form.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ice
    waterfall Noun

    flow of water descending steeply over a cliff. Also called a cascade.

    Encyclopedic Entry: waterfall