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Oct 17, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Giddy as a school boy!
Hey Guys ( by this I mean People, not just men :)

So, I got a real good buddy commin in to town for his birthday. He's from Ohio :-/ and he REALLY wants to do something "Epic".."Classic" in The Park.

So, I've been scouring weather sites and it actually looks like it's gonna be pretty nice in Estes...like high 60s-70s.

But, have any of you actually BEEN up in the park? It defintely looks like it has snowed up there from my house (Boulder)...however, snow isn't TOO big of a problem (we have gear). But how serious of a commitment are we talking?

Also, Any recommendations for awesome "Classic" climbs suitable for this time of year? Something South facing perhaps? We thought of Le Petit...but, Sky Pond is pretty high up..and then there's that waterfall toward the end. Is it freezing yet?

Any info appreciated...Cheers.
SendaGorilla
From Boulder
Joined Jul 29, 2010
113 points
Oct 17, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Longs Peak from Mt. Alice, RMNP
I was at Sky Pond on Sunday (10/14) and it is getting pretty icy and wintry above The Loch. Winter gear was definitely needed (boots, gloves, etc.) but no snowshoes yet.

Here are some pics from the Loch Vale area


Rock Climbing Photo: Wham, Zowie and other towers on S. face of Otis.
Wham, Zowie and other towers on S. face of Otis.


Rock Climbing Photo: Timberline Falls directly below Lake of Glass.
Timberline Falls directly below Lake of Glass.


Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Spires from Sky Pond.
Cathedral Spires from Sky Pond.


Rock Climbing Photo: Vanquished wall on Powell.
Vanquished wall on Powell.


Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown ice on Thatchtop, anyone know what route t...
Unknown ice on Thatchtop, anyone know what route this is a part of?
Jeremy Monahan
From Fort Fun, CO
Joined May 18, 2002
477 points
Oct 17, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Bocan
What do some of the snow routes looks like? I'm assuming they are rubble / black ice with loose windblown over them?

I haven't done it yet so others can speak more on it, but maybe the spiral route?
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
1,387 points
Oct 19, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
I think the Thatchtop ice might be

Double Tap ?
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 20, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Shredded by the Center Route.
Fields chimney was in great condish a week and a half ago Kevin. phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Joined Feb 23, 2005
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