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By Drew McLean
From Colorado
Mar 8, 2011
Summit shot

Anyone know how things are looking in Ouray, Eureka, Silverton right now?


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By Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Mar 9, 2011
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.

There's more ice at the World Cup Wall than the Loch or about anyplace else in RMNP at the moment. And you've got to use a bit of navigation skills to find this close to the road ice...bring the skis or snowshoes unless you have excellent swimming ability.


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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Mar 11, 2011
OMG, I winz!!!

Lincoln is fatty fat fat and lots of options for lines (wi2+ to wi4-). Nothing really steep but plenty to spread out the crowds. Some mank from snow and the usual dinner plates but it's actually not that hooked/stepped out at all. Water is running with the warmer temps but nothing unpleasant. Have fun, spring will be melting our fun soon...


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Mar 13, 2011

Jaws.
Jaws.

Jaws and that entire wall near the Fern Lake trailhead is rotting out.

Guide's Wall.
Guide's Wall.

Guide's Wall.

Grace Falls.
Grace Falls.

Grace Falls.

Hot Doggies.
Hot Doggies.

Hot Doggies.


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By Lee Smith
Mar 14, 2011
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE" your rope! <br />(Back by Popular Demand.  There you are Mom) <br /> <br />

Ouray Ice Park was fat & fun this weekend (3/12-13) and 100% open but man was it warm. Get some soon.


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Mar 14, 2011
me on my redpoint

Vail is still in very nice. The Rigid Designator is in prime condition, super fun just did it for the first time on Sunday. Ice in the Belfry Cave is pretty wet but Spiral Area and Designator area are great.


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Mar 14, 2011
me on my redpoint

The Rigid Designator.
The Rigid Designator.


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By John Klooster
From Arvada, CO
Mar 21, 2011
Backflip, Lumpy Ridge

Anyone been up to Hidden Falls lately? I would imagine its in pretty bad shape.


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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Mar 21, 2011
Lamb's Slide

Chris Plesko wrote:
Lincoln is fatty fat fat and lots of options for lines (wi2+ to wi4-). Nothing really steep but plenty to spread out the crowds. Some mank from snow and the usual dinner plates but it's actually not that hooked/stepped out at all. Water is running with the warmer temps but nothing unpleasant. Have fun, spring will be melting our fun soon...


As of yesterday, Lincoln is still fat and fun, as described above.


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By BryanV
From Fort Collins, CO
Mar 21, 2011
Ouray Ice Park

I second that. It was really good yesterday with some good warm up and a couple WI3+ opportunities. Lots of overflow in the south ampitheater as well. Plus there is a nice smear to the right of the main flow that provides some spicy mixed choices.

Blog update should be coming soon with some pictures.

white-knuckled.blogspot.com


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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Mar 21, 2011
OMG, I winz!!!

Vail was very drippy last week but with a freeze it's just getting fatter in a lot of places. The Dez was still good to go. Pumphouse had some funky funky surface ice, esp down low.


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By Phoenix
From louisville, colorado
Mar 22, 2011
hiking 8-5-09 (Don't chase the rabbit!!!)

As of Saturday the Silverton area was fatty blue. STH looked fantastic, didn't get on it due to lack of partner. However did see one party on it while rapping 1st Gully. As always be aware of avy conditions, recent slides (tracks and debris) were visible EVERYWHERE! It is a little hairy having bits and pieces roll down a gully and hit you. Ice was much harder than in the FR, suppose Astro picks didn't help much..
Ice park is falling apart..
Cheers,
-Z


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By Chacal
From Ouray, CO
Mar 22, 2011
after climbing brain freeze

IS ALEXANDER'S CHIMNEY IN/DOABLE?


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By Daniel Battin
From Green Mtn. Falls, CO
Mar 24, 2011
On Bridelveil

Has anybody been up to see the conditions on the north face of Pikes Peak? Particularly Total Abandon or Blind Assumption?


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By Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Mar 27, 2011
A short M4 climb in the School Room @ Ouray

I think that this may not need to be said but the clear creek ice season is over... the west most flow is no longer in enough to get to the top on pure ice, the eastern flow is really really thin an hollow.

If you do go please don't just become another statistic.


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By John Klooster
From Arvada, CO
Mar 27, 2011
Backflip, Lumpy Ridge

Anyone been to Vail lately? What are conditions looking like at Firehouse, Staircase and Ampitheater areas?


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By Nick Przybysz
From Boulder, CO
Mar 27, 2011

drove past Vail yesterday. Rig Dez looked like it was still in, as well as a few others in the vicinity.


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By DGavelis
Mar 27, 2011

My climbing partner and I got most of the way to the top of STH in Eureka/Silverton on Thursday. Snow conditions on the approach seemed bomber, and the ice is super fat and blue. If you keep your eyes on the temperatures and the weather in the area, I suspect this ice flow will stay in for quite a while. We got a late start and decided to bail at what we suspect was pitch 4 or 5, we really ran em out to move faster. Some sun baked stuff about 500/600 ft up but not too bad. Be careful of knocking off big chunks of ice on to your partner. Go get on it before all the ice runs away!


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By Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Mar 27, 2011
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, weird roof since the curtain broke off. Photo by Cody Olsen.

While alot of ice is melting in Colorado, Canada is doing good for those heading there soon. Sea of Vapors on the Trophy Wall is in mighty good shape! In easy WI5 condition right now with one mixed move. (M4?) Of what originally was graded WI7+ R. That climb alone is worth the 20 hour drive. Go get it! It's quite the place up there.

Sea of Vapors is the right line.
Sea of Vapors is the right line.

On lead of P3.
On lead of P3.

Almost to the top. Kurt Ross following.
Almost to the top. Kurt Ross following.

Jeff leading The Replicant in WI6+ conditions. Looked desperate!
Jeff leading The Replicant in WI6+ conditions. Looked desperate!


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By Bryan Hendrick
From Leadville, CO
Mar 28, 2011
Leading up a super fun 5.9 out in the Galapagos off of Geology tour road in Joshua Tree.

Noah, you know what happens when you post about Canadian ice right?
You have to buy me a plane ticket to Canada and be my climbing partner for a week. :D

Looks like you all had a good time up there... if only it were a little closer.
Thanks for the post.


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By Eric Wright
From Telluride CO.
Mar 29, 2011
Wet start pitch 1. <br />In the spring, this is completely covered in snow. <br />November 3rd, 2013.

Looking for ice climbing partners.


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Mar 30, 2011
me on my redpoint

Stairway to Heaven is in great shape in Silverton, did it last weekend.

March 25, 2011.
March 25, 2011.


Just below 1st pitch.
Just below 1st pitch.


Crux pitch.
Crux pitch.


Last pitch.
Last pitch.


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By coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 2, 2011
Indian Creek Climbing

Avocado Gully is almost out for the season

I would say 1 to 2 more weeks


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By Justin Brown
From Colorado Springs, Co
Apr 3, 2011
Bouldering shot taken by Tim Banfield

Lincoln Falls is still in great!! Super fat and awesome. It was a great day on great ice till the blizzard ran us off.


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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Apr 4, 2011
OMG, I winz!!!

How is Vail hanging? Looking to get out tomorrow and the recent snow has me looking for avy safe routes.

Also open to other FR suggestions, WI4/5, m4-7 depending on bolts or gear. Multi pitch would be great but I'll take what I can get.

Thanks!


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