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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
May 5, 2014
At the BRC

Eric Klammer wrote:
Went up Dragontail early Saturday. Fun but not great, as there were still quite a few sections of less than consolidated snow. Topped out a little before 7 and it was already getting pretty warm as well, get up it early!


Thanks! Hopefully next weekend will be colder.


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By J1.
From Boulder, Colorado
May 5, 2014
Towliee

Pics from Friday 5/2 are from the James Peak Wilderness Area, East Portal.

Also checked out the "Park" on Sunday 5/3 with my crew of 6 and skied Elevator Shaft on Hallets.





East Portal, near Heart Lake. Cool Whip Couloir - red line.
East Portal, near Heart Lake. Cool Whip Couloir - red line.


Other lines skied off of the Divide above Heart Lake.
Other lines skied off of the Divide above Heart Lake.


Aaron Miller enjoying that cool whip.
Aaron Miller enjoying that cool whip.


Cor dropping in.
Cor dropping in.


Nice corn slope above Heart Lake.
Nice corn slope above Heart Lake.


Found some steep lines.
Found some steep lines.


These lines fed into the Clayton Lakes drainage. East Portal, Rollins Pass.
These lines fed into the Clayton Lakes drainage. East Portal, Rollins Pass.


Now for some Park Beta...



Dragon Tail and Dead Elk, 5/3/14.
Dragon Tail and Dead Elk, 5/3/14.



Elevator Shaft, Hallett.
Elevator Shaft, Hallett.


Upper section of the route.
Upper section of the route.


Pretty sweet ski descent.
Pretty sweet ski descent.


Elevator Shaft - Andy Morgan.
Elevator Shaft - Andy Morgan.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
May 5, 2014
Bocan

Conditions are great in RMNP, but lots of late afternoon sliding going on.


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By GLD
May 5, 2014

Was up on E Ridge of Mt Bancroft and glissaded down between it and James around 3 PM on May 3. Snow would have been great to ski, maybe a little past its prime. We had cloud cover most of the morning though.


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By J1.
From Boulder, Colorado
May 5, 2014
Towliee

Scott McMahon wrote:
Conditions are great in RMNP, but lots of late afternoon sliding going on.


Yep, I think we were skiing by 11:30 and it was pretty heavy at that time. Didn't seem to get a good freeze up in the couloir, or it just heated up super fast.. Major Roller balls, one hit me in the chest and almost knocked the air out of me. Fun times!!



Climbing the upper section on Elevator Shaft.
Climbing the upper section on Elevator Shaft.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
May 5, 2014
Bocan

Same here on Saturday. "Almost" got out the skin glop. The Dream dome chute slid we think the day before we think. Still got some creamy turns in, but the upper half was filled with debris.


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By VRP
From Morrison, CO
May 5, 2014
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Climbed and skied Lamb's yesterday. Stayed firm with the cloud cover and wind for the climb. Skiing down around noon it had softened up and was really nice starting about half way down. Something like three parties on Martha's and a party on Alexander's but it looked pretty thin. Didn't see any tracks on upper Kiener's.


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By tim edinger
May 5, 2014

Has anyone been down in the Grenadiers this Spring. I am planning to climb Wham Ridge and Arrow peak on 14 June and I'm curious about the snow pack. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you!


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By Kevin Nicastro
From Denver, Co
May 5, 2014

Did Shooting Star on James Peak on Sunday. Pretty good. There was already a good boot pack, otherwise it would have been pretty rough with how deep and soft the snow was. There was some avy debris at the bottom, hard to tell how old it was but things were sliding a little around us. I would probably wait for things to settle a little more before going back.


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By Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
May 5, 2014

J1. wrote:
Yep, I think we were skiing by 11:30 and it was pretty heavy at that time. Didn't seem to get a good freeze up in the couloir, or it just heated up super fast.. Major Roller balls, one hit me in the chest and almost knocked the air out of me. Fun times!!


I have a pretty high tolerance for mediocre snow conditions when it comes to steep skiing, but it took very little deliberation to keep walking past the top of elevator and ski the smooth and mellow south face of hallet on Sunday. Freeze was very shallow even when we were on it earlier in the day. Gonna need a good reset storm to smooth out all that mank.


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By eric kramak
From Denver, Colorado
May 6, 2014
Standin' on top of the world.  NEWS, WA Pass.

Because no one wanted to go climb rock with me today I went ahead and took a stroll up Martha this morning. The conditions were absolutely perfect - snow was pretty close to Styrofoam and the ice was plastic and more than fat enough to take shorter screws if you wanted to place them. It's a bit of a trek for an hour of climbing but was totally worth it.

All my pics are on my phone which is not playing nicely with my laptop. Will get some up after I have a nap.

Edit: phone not syncing with computer...but have some conditions pics on my facebook here Martha looking good!


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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
May 6, 2014
And then you throw for a Gaston, like seriously guys. I onsighted the shit out of Levi's Stadium

eric kramak wrote:
Because no one wanted to go climb rock with me today I went ahead and took a stroll up Martha this morning. The conditions were absolutely perfect - snow was pretty close to Styrofoam and the ice was plastic and more than fat enough to take shorter screws if you wanted to place them. It's a bit of a trek for an hour of climbing but was totally worth it. All my pics are on my phone which is not playing nicely with my laptop. Will get some up after I have a nap.


Psyched to see them, I might go up and solo it this weekend.


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By Tom Nyce
From Flagstaff, AZ
May 6, 2014
Down low, before the Y and the Railroad couloirs separate.

Anyone climbing/skiing "down south" these days? Like the Boxcar on Mt Wilson, or Snake couloir on Sneffles?


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
May 6, 2014
Mt. Churchill, University Range

North Face Descents of Quandary TR.
www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=14839&cpgm=tripma>>>

Also, the North Face along with the North Ridge of Democrat are in good condition. You can still skin and ski 99.5% of the way, but the valley floor is melting out fast.

The North Ridge and the North Face of Democrat.
The North Ridge and the North Face of Democrat.


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By Gretchen 81
From Durango, CO
May 6, 2014

Tom Nyce- a couple post down describes Snake right now: www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=43006&p=524852#p524852


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By YPNat
May 9, 2014
Lincoln Falls

Tom Nyce wrote:
Anyone climbing/skiing "down south" these days? Like the Boxcar on Mt Wilson, or Snake couloir on Sneffles?

I'd like to, but not until I can get a 3 day weekend :(

Last weekend, La Plata was a really good ski
Hiking up.
Hiking up.


North face ski descent.
North face ski descent.


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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
May 9, 2014
Lamb's Slide

Kevin Nicastro wrote:
Did Shooting Star on James Peak on Sunday. Pretty good. There was already a good boot pack, otherwise it would have been pretty rough with how deep and soft the snow was.


Glad we could be of assistance! We went up Shooting Star last Saturday and almost backed off due to the foot of soft snow that was consolidating (the leader sunk in half a foot or so with each step). I dug a pit and did not find a reactive slab, but if it weren't for the clouds, we would not have gone up. This is a really fun climb (sustained steep) all the way to the summit of James, so once the snow consolidates a bit more, I highly recommend it.

Working the snow on Shooting Star.
Working the snow on Shooting Star.


There's a straightforward walkout at the top, but you know how it is when you don't want the climb to end, so we chose the steeper exit to the right (the only place we roped up):

Fun top out on Shooting Star.
Fun top out on Shooting Star.


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By Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
May 9, 2014

rocky mountain high, here's a photo from above of your leader on the steeper finish.

Climbers in Shooting Star.
Climbers in Shooting Star.


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By Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
May 12, 2014
Ice Fest 2014

Rocky_Mtn_High wrote:
We went up Shooting Star last Saturday.


How was the cornice looking over Superstar?


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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
May 12, 2014
Lamb's Slide

Ted Eliason wrote:
How was the cornice looking over Superstar?


The cornice guarding Superstar's exit is definitely something you will have to contend with, as you might expect. Here's how it looked over a week ago -- sorry I didn't get a better close-up photo (I cropped this one from the shot I had of the entire east face), but hopefully it will give you an idea if you zoom in a bit:



Superstar on May '03.
Superstar on May '03.


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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
May 12, 2014
Lamb's Slide

Jason Killgore wrote:
rocky mountain high, here's a photo from above of your leader on the steeper finish.


Jason, thanks for posting the photo; that's a really neat perspective. I assume you were one of the skiers hoping to drop into Shooting Star.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
May 13, 2014
Bocan

The road to Hessie / 4th of July trailheads in Eldora is still closed, but clear. Hopefully they'll open it once the ground dries a bit more.


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By GLD
May 13, 2014

Scott McMahon wrote:
The road to Hessie / 4th of July trailheads in Eldora is still closed, but clear. Hopefully they'll open it once the ground dries a bit more.

A week and a half ago I was unwilling to go too far in my truck (and I'm usually pretty willing) that's a big change from us unable to get within 3-4 miles. Any word on how the last snow affected it?


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
May 13, 2014
Bocan

I only went as far on foot as the Hessie Township as I didn't want to walk all the way to the 4th, but other than two little spots it was totally clear up until the Hessie / 4th fork on Saturday.


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
May 17, 2014
At the BRC

Anybody get out in RMNP today )or recently)?
Still hoping to climb Dragonstail with the boys and wondering if it will be too soft and hot tomorrow.


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