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By nickclimbak
From Valdez, AK
Feb 9, 2014
Sending 5.12 in Red Rocks,  Sunny and Steep Wall.

More great news for ice climbers!! The river is frozen over a foot thick from shore to shore at Bridalveil and next week is calling for more cold weather. Follow the crampon scratched highway to the fully foamed classic ice test peaces. Also all the parking lots in the canyon have been plowed and there is a lot of lower angle ice is in thicker than normal. Condition are solid yet the pro may call for a more confident climber than the normal superman ice we are accustomed to. We did a bunch of laps on the lower sections of Bridalveil today and everyone had a great time. Bridalveil has room for five top ropes on the bottom pitch presidents day weekend. Greensteeps, simple twist and glass onion may stay open for teams that want to tackle leads and mulch-pitch routes. We hope to see lots of people out having fun this presidents day weekend :)

Climbing on Bridalveil on Sunday Funday. One week to go before the big Ice Climbing Weekend down in Valdez.
Climbing on Bridalveil on Sunday Funday. One week to go before the big Ice Climbing Weekend down in Valdez.


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By nickclimbak
From Valdez, AK
Feb 13, 2014
Sending 5.12 in Red Rocks,  Sunny and Steep Wall.

I am excited to announce what the Valdez climbers will be up to this Presidents Day Weekend. Visitors and locals are welcome to join in on the fun.

Saturday, February 15

Tackleing the bottom pitch of Bridalveil with a sea of top ropes and ice tools. This will give everyone a chance to warm up and feel out some classic ice in this amazing canyon.

Lots of close by objections will be with in walking range for anyone wanting to explore a less crowded climbing experience.

Head to the Fat Mermaid after a day on the ice for beer, pizza and a cozy wood stove.



Sunday February 16

Staying in the land of the classics (Keystone & Greensteps Area) we are going to be checking our times on a larger top rope and playing a few games at the crag. If any one has a pen, paper and a good imagination make a few notes on the drive down. Lets get creative and see what happens :)

After climbing Nick Weicht is throwing a Alaska sized bonfire at his place when the sun goes down. I promises every one will stay warm no matter the weather!!! Being that there are no official sponsors this will be more of a potluck event going late into the night. I will be cooking up a big batch of spaghetti and if anyone wants to add to the pot that would be great. There will be two open propane grills burning late into the night for folks to use along with spices, table space and lots of chairs. BYOB and by this time there will be lots to celibate so crack a cold one by the hot fire and let the good time role.

Directions- Make a left 200 yards after the Valdez Glacier Stream bridge on your way back in to town. If the driveway fills up park across the highway on Dump Road.

Monday February 17

Dry tool day!! A crew will be gathering at the Tunnel Wall in Keystone Canyon try there skills on a stout 100' vertical face of bare rock packed with 7 new routes! For all the guests headed out this is a great way to get a fast pump before jumping on the road. Catch a ride on one of the top ropes or give these fully sport lines a lead burn. If anyone can pull off the whole wall I will have a new hero.

Directions- Park in the large pullout located at the Old Railway Tunnel, look up and smile.

There are some less traveled ice routs around the corner lots of thick blue to swing at within a few minutes drive.

Head home and enjoy the memories :)




Three days to go and this is what things are looking like in Valdez (Wednesday night)

Current ice conditions are fat, a little brittle yet still very climbable.
Most routes are fully formed in
Keystone
Hole in the Wall
Solomon Gulch
Mineral Creek
17 mile & 19 mile
I would assume Sheep Creek and Bear Creek are looking good
The weather forecast is predicting light snow throughout the Presidents Day Weekend and clearing into the next week.
Temps are suppose to remain in the mid 20's.
Snow pack is rock hard and stable.
As of Wednesday night there has been 2'' of fluffy snow on the ground in town.


I hope this information helps people make an informed decision on what to do in the coming up days.

From Valdez this is Nick saying;
Climb hard, stay safe & have fun this Presidents Day Weekend.


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By Josh Hutch
Feb 18, 2014
2nd pitch of Chockstone Gulley, Skylight Area, Ouray CO

Thanks again for hosting the impromptu fest! I had a blast and it was definitely worth coming up from California for! Can't wait to do it all again next year!

Oh yeah, you can throw one helluva party!


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