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Vail Ice Climbing Guide Never Takes Safety For Granted – CBS Denver

VAIL, Colorado (CBS4) – There are few things in nature more breathtaking than a spectacular ice formation. Especially one that spans the side of the mountain in Vail, Colorado.

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“It’s just euphoric,” said Colorado Mountain School guide Sarah Janin.

Ice climbing is not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for most. But for brave souls ready for the challenge, there is nothing quite like it.

“We have a fairly small demographic of people who do ice climbing. Even rock climbers don’t always ice climb. You have to like being cold,” Janin said.

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Sarah Janin will climb just about anything…rock…ice…you name it, this climbing guide will conquer it. But she knows what she’s up against and never takes safety for granted.

“It’s a very dangerous sport, but we’ve set it up to be very safe. We mitigate a lot of that danger by installing top ropes. Additionally, we have helmets and are positioned away from the suspended fire where the ice falls,” Janin said.

Dr. Jon Kedrowski knows the adventure – and he knows the danger. Kedrowski holds a doctorate in environmental geography, weather and climate. He has climbed six of the seven continental summits, including two successful summits on Mount Everest.

“I use a lot of skills when I’m on bigger mountains. So it’s a lot of fun to go out to a place like this where you’re in tune with the ice and the environment. It’s all about balance and finesse,” Kedrowski said.

CBS4's Romi Bean prepares to ice climb under the supervision of Sarah Janin in Vail Colorado.

CBS4’s Romi Bean, left, prepares to ice climb under the supervision of Sarah Janin. (credit: CBS)

It’s not for the faint of heart, but with the right guide – lots of confidence and a bit of courage – you can go ice climbing too.

“It’s so much fun. It makes you feel alive. And once you do, you’re so hooked that you want to come back and do it again,” Janin said.