I was excited to get out for my first day of the season for a couple reasons. First is I love ice climbing. I think it is so exciting to hike into the middle of nowhere, find a beautiful frozen strip of water and hack away at it for a few hours. The serenity is renewing and being out in the alpine winter with a climbing buddy is exhilarating. The second reason is that I LOVE outdoor gear. I cannot get enough of it. I work in the outdoor industry and I still fawn over gear guides for climbing, biking, snowboarding and hiking every year. I was really excited to hike into the Longs Peak Cirque because I have recently gotten a couple new pieces of gear (backpack and gloves) and those gear reviews should be published soon. We first hiked all the way up to Chasm Lake to get a good view of The Flying Dutchman. After seeing the lack of snow for the approach and the walk off we decided to hit some of the shorter flows below Chasm Lake and bordering Peacock Pool. The day definitely turned into a ice cragging day, but it was great to get to a part of the Park I had never been to before. We climbed a pretty simple WI2 M3 (I think) with some meandering broken cracks, a little running water and good plastic ice up high. We also climbed an amazing smear on the southwest shore of Peacock Pool. Check out the photos below of the Cirque and the two climbs we did.