Mrs. Mesa will be melting away the pounds soon, but last weekend she was still fat and gorgeous. Western Slope climbers Jason Adams and Matt Cova put in an epic 14-mile, 13-hour effort on Saturday to reach this classic ice route atop Grand Mesa. The two climbers, along with Douglas Lossner, who did the first ascent of the route back in 1997, started at the Coal Creek Basin trailhead at ca. 6,000 feet and hiked and snowshoed seven miles and about 4,000 vertical feet to reach the stout one-pitch pillar. A 13-hour day, all in all. Good effort!