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Oct 7, 2011
Thrill is Gone
With this winter storm, has anybody seen anything forming? I'm so anxious for the ice, I can hardly stand it. I see Wolf Creek is open this weekend so that is a good sign. ozman
From CO / NM
Joined Jan 10, 2011
552 points
Oct 7, 2011
Coming up the lower section in deep snow.
As of last weekend not much was forming in the Longs Peak/Mt. Meeker area. John R. Williams
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Oct 7, 2009
121 points
Oct 7, 2011
View of Longs Peak from Mt. Alice, RMNP
There was some good verglas on the N face of Longs Peak that formed last week after the previous storm dumped 15" on RMNP. Cable route, & several other lines to the climber's right had solid snow and verglas extending over most routes. Nothing super hard, but fun 1-2 pitch routes that only form ephemerally. Take Cable route to summit for maximum effect. Bolts were still exposed, but with the fresh snow yesterday it's anyones guess.

In all, I agree with John W. Not much else is formed at this time. More snow and subsequent melt/freeze is needed to form the usual routes.
Jeremy Monahan
From Fort Fun, CO
Joined May 18, 2002
477 points
Oct 8, 2011
Mountain Bandito
Can/has any one been up to Lincoln falls to unclog the ice farming system.
P.S-itís worth taking the tools for a walk or climb in this area right now or the next few days!!!
Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
2,790 points
Oct 9, 2011
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Thinking about heading up for that purpose in the next day or two. If anyone gets there first, please post up. Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 9, 2011
J TREE
Lame......

How about starting this silly thread when there is ice.....

Geez maybe it should have been started in August, or July when I'm sure The notch Coular was climbed with ice tools..
Jim Amidon
Joined Jun 12, 2001
927 points
Oct 9, 2011
Depending on how involved a lab write-up needs to be; I might be up for Tues, Kev. Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Oct 9, 2011
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Buff, gotta work Tues, but some other friends will be up there then. If you want, I can hook you up. Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 9, 2011
Mt. Baker
Has anyone been up on Kiener's/Cable in the last couple days? Mark Wyss
From Denver, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
250 points
Administrator
Oct 9, 2011
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
Jim Amidon wrote:
Lame...... How about starting this silly thread when there is ice..... Geez maybe it should have been started in August, or July when I'm sure The notch Coular was climbed with ice tools..

YEAH JIM!! fully agree, 100%! full on Winter denial goin' on right here..
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
594 points
Oct 9, 2011
Viking helmet cover, yep.
Nothing wrong with starting the thread a bit early, IMO--getting psyched for ice season!! Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Joined May 23, 2009
43 points
Oct 9, 2011
Be in denial all you want Hank..........There is ice in Loch Vale right now.

Stuff is forming and the middle of this week is the time to get on it.
jack roberts
Joined Oct 30, 2002
62 points
Oct 9, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Hank Caylor wrote:
YEAH JIM!! fully agree, 100%! full on Winter denial goin' on right here..

Enjoy the warm fall weather as long as you can......let the ice be there when it's really there.
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Oct 10, 2011
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
jack roberts wrote:
Be in denial all you want Hank..........There is ice in Loch Vale right now. Stuff is forming and the middle of this week is the time to get on it.


Wow, that'll be nice for a change! Now if people will just stay off it or be gentle until it forms up well.
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 10, 2011
I'd sure like to get out and get some mixed; getting pounded on my lab work though. Probably will be stuck late tomorrow & better stick with it thru Weds.

Maybe Thurs.
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Oct 10, 2011
A short M4 climb in the School Room @ Ouray
I had a friend get on ice at Lincoln today. Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
146 points
Oct 10, 2011
RJN
Lincoln Falls on 10-9-11. The ice was climb-able, plenty of screw placements on the main gully. Far right side pillar fat and climb-able.


1st pitch.
1st pitch.


2nd pitch.
2nd pitch.


Falls from approach.
Falls from approach.
Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
183 points
Oct 10, 2011
How I Send
THE OBLIGATORY "Let it grow" POST...

But who really cares, as long as YOU are having fun - Bash away.

I agree with Jim - It's October, get a life people.
Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 23, 2008
329 points
Oct 10, 2011
Credits: Marty TwoBulls m2bulls.com  indiancountry...
ozman wrote:
I see Wolf Creek is open this weekend so that is a good sign.

I may be headed south through Wolf P & Lake Shit'y. If anyone in the area is interested in dusting off tools, nothing major -pm a shout out dare we not disturb these slumbering denialers -thanx
kirra
Joined Feb 1, 2006
724 points
Oct 10, 2011
The bowling alley at Lincoln isn't really that much a growth concern toward getting on it early-season, or any time of season for that matter. Any of us can certainly jump on the difficult mixed at vail or fickle alpine any time of the year without community approval; the beef is more about readily accessible pillars & curtains. Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Oct 10, 2011
RJN
Tits McGee wrote:
THE OBLIGATORY "Let it grow" POST... But who really cares, as long as YOU are having fun - Bash away. I agree with Jim - It's October, get a life people.


Tits how goes it? Yea I feel what your saying, but when youve got an itch scratch it right?
Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
183 points
Oct 10, 2011
How I Send
Ryan N wrote:
Tits how goes it? Yea I feel what your saying, but when youve got an itch scratch it right?


When's that Sarcasm font going to be available? Ryan, it's going great, I am ready to get out on some ice myself, hit me up whenever you want to climb!
Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 23, 2008
329 points
Oct 10, 2011
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
I was up at Lincoln this afternoon and the warmer temps are taking a toll on "climb-ability." Everything was *super* wet and lots of water running under, over, and all around all the ice. Conditions not nearly as good today as they appear in Ryan's photos. At the top of the bowling alley, I tried a line on the left and backed down about 1/2 way through it (was solo, but still...) I doubt many screws would have been worth much today and definitely not on any of the steep wet stuff and top-outs are likely to be spicy at best. Recommend waiting until the next cold spell. The upper pillar could be brought down fairly easily right now with injudicious swinging/kicking (or maybe even just looking). I didn't spend much time near it. Good news is things are shaping up very nicely if given some time and cold weather to grow/firm up. Could be the best year in a while, given these caveats. Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 17, 2011
RJN
BUMP for some ice!? Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
183 points
Oct 17, 2011
Ryan N wrote:
BUMP for some ice!?

Nothing below 11000 feet is in shape. It's been too warm.
Copperhead
Joined Aug 16, 2011
0 points
Oct 17, 2011
Has anyone seen Dreamweaver recently? Chris L.
From Laramie, WY
Joined Jan 1, 2009
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