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By Chris Blanchard
Dec 4, 2013

Where does one find beta for Coldstream?


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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Dec 5, 2013

Google finds a couple of links for the basics, the Carville Tahoe rock book has the best description (starting with where the hell the thing actually is) that I've found so far. A buddy and I should be out there this weekend.


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By SirTobyThe3rd
Dec 5, 2013
Hello

How approachable is Coldstream after 6-12 inches of snow? I remember having to drive on a pretty rugged road for a while...


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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Dec 5, 2013

No idea, I'll let you guys know Monday.


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By Topher42
Dec 5, 2013

Josh Hutch wrote:
Seems like there is A LOT of interest and people in need of ice partners. After this front moves through and depending on the weather and ice conditions, how would everybody feel of a big meet and greet one weekend either in Donner/Cold Stream or Eagle Lake/Sunny Falls?


Sounds good to me, Organize a group event would be sweet. I know AAC and other groups do this but they always charge ridiculous fee's just to climbing. I'm never a fan of that.


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By Chris Blanchard
Dec 6, 2013

A buddy and I are heading up to Kirkwood the weekend of the 13th (not this weekend but the following) for their Avy Training course. Would be great time to meet some of you. Probably will be busy all day but maybe for a beer after you climb and I spot crowns.

Plus with the snow predicted for this weekend, might be good to set the date a little after.

Blanch


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By climbing coastie
From Sacramento
Dec 6, 2013
Switzerland

I'll probably be taking a guy from work, who's never climbed before, climbing at Sunny Falls one day next weekend (14th or 15th). Anybody interested in joining let me know.


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By limpingcrab
From Visalia, CA
Dec 6, 2013
Huge invisible muscles

Chris B, where do you live south of Fresno? Visalian here...


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By Topher42
Dec 6, 2013

climbing coastie wrote:
I'll probably be taking a guy from work, who's never climbed before, climbing at Sunny Falls one day next weekend (14th or 15th). Anybody interested in joining let me know.


Yea I might be let me know the details


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By Some Random Guy
From San Francisco, CA
Dec 6, 2013
Man in black

Map to Cold Stream ice:

Cold Stream Canyon Ice
Cold Stream Canyon Ice


This one shows the ski decent from Sugar Bowl (a far superior approach):

Cold Stream Canyon Ice
Cold Stream Canyon Ice


Tahoe area ice. I think all of this is listed in the Carville guide:
grecx.com/ice-climbing/


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By Chris Blanchard
Dec 6, 2013

limpingcrab wrote:
Chris B, where do you live south of Fresno? Visalian here...


Hey crabby - Hanford!

Chris Racca (Fresno - few posts up) and I met up through this thread Thursday and went ice climbing! We had a great time.


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By limpingcrab
From Visalia, CA
Dec 6, 2013
Huge invisible muscles

Right on! Where'd you guys go? Ice scares me but I'm really familiar with Tokopah Valley and it's conditions. Also have a cabin in Grant's grove so if you ever want to go explore up there let me know. Alway looking for people who enjoy type two fun in our area...


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By CKR
Dec 7, 2013

Hey daniel i met you once at metal mark. Morning crew. Chris and i climbed at rancheria falls near huntington lake. Had a good time. Too short though cause i had to pick up kids from school.

Chris


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By Topher42
Dec 7, 2013

Planning a trip in early Feb to Ouray for a week. Airfare is cheap then looking for people to climb with and split cost.


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By Patrick Freeman
Dec 7, 2013
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Hey Everyone, I live in Sacramento and would love to get in on some Nor-cal Ice. I have about 3 seasons of ice top-roping only up to WI4 but would love to climb with some more experienced folks to get my chops up. I have all ice gear and skis, an AWD vehicle, and a good attitude.
I climb at pipeworks if there is anyone from the gym on this thread..?

Patrick Freeman
(916) 803-4544
Patrick.freeman@delorme.com


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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Dec 9, 2013

Turns out that the approach along Cold Stream Canyon is awful after a fresh storm. Might not be bad with 4WD and tons of clearance, but I would never try to do it on skis again. Off the top of Sugarbowl is absolutely the way to go. Plus you can now get an uphill pass for free to just skin up Lincoln.


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By Josh Hutch
Dec 9, 2013
2nd pitch of Chockstone Gulley, Skylight Area, Ouray CO

PatCleary wrote:
Turns out that the approach along Cold Stream Canyon is awful after a fresh storm. Might not be bad with 4WD and tons of clearance, but I would never try to do it on skis again. Off the top of Sugarbowl is absolutely the way to go. Plus you can now get an uphill pass for free to just skin up Lincoln.


Yes, yes it is. Did you make it there? Pictures?


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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Dec 9, 2013

Nope, we didn't make it, our legs we had no idea how much further it was, were exhausted and concerned about making it back out before dark. Another goal for another weekend I guess. We found a little ice in the tunnels. Rainbow's also not in.


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By Some Random Guy
From San Francisco, CA
Dec 9, 2013
Man in black

PatCleary wrote:
Turns out that the approach along Cold Stream Canyon is awful after a fresh storm. Might not be bad with 4WD and tons of clearance, but I would never try to do it on skis again. Off the top of Sugarbowl is absolutely the way to go. Plus you can now get an uphill pass for free to just skin up Lincoln.


hahahahaha. i coulda told you that......well actually i did.....sorta.

yeah pat, how's it looking in there? how much snow is there?

anyone want to hang at tahoe this weekend with me and search for ice?
my buddy has a cabin rented by tahoe city. he is going up with a couple friends for the opening of squaw/alpine and there is plenty of space/extra beds in the place. it's available thurs-sun. just split the cost. about $15/night.

pm me if you are interested. after all this cold some of those waterfalls have to have solidified up.


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By PatCleary
From Rohnert Park, CA
Dec 9, 2013

Yeah, I saw the awesome map after making it home. We'd have killed for it while we were out there. My buddy was justifiably concerned about avi risk skiing from Sugar Bowl, so we went the long way. No idea what the snow will look like next weekend, but I spent an hour or two breaking trail through boot to knee deep powder on 115 width powder skis, so there's a lot back there. If you hit it soon there's probably a pretty good skin track 75+% of the way out there (or maybe heading off in the wrong direction.

I'll be at the Alpine open this weekend, but if you know of something close to the road, I might be down Sunday morning.


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By Chris Blanchard
Dec 10, 2013

Hey what days will you will be in tahoe some random guy (name?)??

Edit: Pat - thanks for the trip report


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By Rich zz
From california
Dec 10, 2013

climbing coastie wrote:
I'll probably be taking a guy from work, who's never climbed before, climbing at Sunny Falls one day next weekend (14th or 15th). Anybody interested in joining let me know.



i'd be interested if it's a day trip on the 14th.


also if anyone wants to go this weekday feel free to let me know.


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By Rich zz
From california
Dec 10, 2013

i made a google group. hopefully it's easier to track who's going where/when

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/norcal-ice-climbing


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By Topher42
Dec 10, 2013

climbing coastie wrote:
I'll probably be taking a guy from work, who's never climbed before, climbing at Sunny Falls one day next weekend (14th or 15th). Anybody interested in joining let me know.

I'm interested. are you thinking about day trip from Sac? if so Can I meet you in sac and carpool?
Cheers


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By climbing coastie
From Sacramento
Dec 10, 2013
Switzerland

Topher42 wrote:
I'm interested. are you thinking about day trip from Sac? if so Can I meet you in sac and carpool? Cheers



I ended up taking the guy from work out Sunday and am looking at heading into Coldstream this weekend. Iím not sure if we are going to make it a day trip or bring overnight gear and climb Saturday and Sunday. If youíre still interested and up for a slog PM me.


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