Watch David Roetzel solo steep ice routes in East Vail, Colorado, in the video below. On March 13, 2014, he left the rope at home to climb 15 Vail ice routes in one day. American climber and writer Chris Van Leuven received broke the story in 2014 on elevationoutdoor.com. Van Leuven had received some images from photographer David Clifford. “I open them up, pause for a moment, then do a double take—wait, is he climbing all these routes including The Fang WI5 without a rope?” said Van Leuven.