Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New - School of Rock
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
The 2011-12 Colorado Ice Conditions Thread
View Latest Posts in This Forum or All Forums
   Page 18 of 19.  <<First   <Prev   16  17  18  19   Next>   Last>>
Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
 
By CBW
Apr 13, 2012

Climbed Martha today. Good conditions with plenty of ice and a few easy mixed moves where thin.


FLAG
By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Apr 14, 2012
Lamb's Slide

Climbed The Flying Dutchman today; disappointingly, next to no ice on the route -- almost all snow with an optional mixed section mostly on rock.


FLAG
By Dinzy
From Dillon, CO
Apr 16, 2012
Getting dropped off on a 14er by an Army Blackhawk to search for lost hikers

Anyone been up to Chalk Creek (Fremont Pass) lately? Just wondering if there is any ice left at all. Any Leadville folks been up there recently?


FLAG
By Nick Venechuk
From Golden, CO
Apr 17, 2012

Those that have been up in the Longs cirque - how's the notch looking? Anyone know how much snow fell up there over the weekend?


FLAG
By Dinzy
From Dillon, CO
Apr 17, 2012
Getting dropped off on a 14er by an Army Blackhawk to search for lost hikers

Chalk Creek still has "ice" and is definitely climb-able. I wouldn't trust screws if leading.

Chalk Creek, 04.16.12.
Chalk Creek, 04.16.12.


FLAG
By Mike Walley
From Louisville, CO
Apr 17, 2012
Mike on West Gully RMNP

Here is a photo of Longs Peak from today. I just hiked up the trail and didn't climb, but it looks good. Not much snow really anywhere for April. Dreamweaver, Loft, Notch Couloir, Keiners, and Alexander's are probably all good. Let me know if you go.

Long's Peak, 04-17-12.
Long's Peak, 04-17-12.


FLAG
By Buff Johnson
Apr 17, 2012
smiley face

Dinzy wrote:
Chalk Creek still has "ice" and is definitely climb-able. I wouldn't trust screws if leading.


If I had that dog on my ass I wouldn't bother with screws either


FLAG
By Nick Venechuk
From Golden, CO
Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for the photo Mike, any chance the lake is still frozen?


FLAG
By Mike Walley
From Louisville, CO
Apr 18, 2012
Mike on West Gully RMNP

Meeker and Long's on 4-17-12.
Meeker and Long's on 4-17-12.


Nick, Chasm Lake is probably frozen enough, but you can also walk around it too. I hope to go up there this weekend and find out how good the climbs are.


FLAG
By JonW
Apr 20, 2012

Mike Walley wrote:
Here is a photo of Longs Peak from today. I just hiked up the trail and didn't climb, but it looks good. Not much snow really anywhere for April. Dreamweaver, Loft, Notch Couloir, Keiners, and Alexander's are probably all good. Let me know if you go.


I was hoping to hit up the Notch this weekend but won't if conditions aren't good. Any idea how much snow fell this week and how it might have effected the Notch?


FLAG
By Copperhead
Apr 20, 2012

Nick Venechuk wrote:
Thanks for the photo Mike, any chance the lake is still frozen?

Even Nymph lake is still frozen as of Wed. Chasm should be golden.

Edit: Up high, last weeks 6-8 inches were not consolidated yet as of Wed. The N facing stuff is still powdery. The S facing stuff at 10.5-12K was soft, and mushy by 10am. Did not support steps before that.


FLAG
By Nick Venechuk
From Golden, CO
Apr 23, 2012

Did the Notch on Saturday, it's in but still wintry snow. Plenty of snow to wait for it to firm up. The lake's frozen, Lambs Slide and Broadway are in good shape. Broadway and the Notch had sections of soft snow but nothing major, not like the deep death hoar that made BC skiing so scary this year.


FLAG
By andy ducomb
From anchorage
Apr 30, 2012

I climbed Martha and Dreamweaver yesterday. Martha had nice ice. Dreamweaver is mostly snow. Also last weekend alexander's had little ice and the notch was really nice thanks to the above guy, who punched in steps for us.


FLAG
By George Barnes
From Westminster, CO
May 5, 2012
Jones Pk

Lincoln Falls is still very climbable. Starting to get a little slushy/rotten in places... an adze would have been nice for excavating screw placements.

Lincoln Falls, 5-5-2012.
Lincoln Falls, 5-5-2012.



Lincoln Falls, 5-5-2012.
Lincoln Falls, 5-5-2012.


FLAG
By Captain America
From Longmont, CO
May 9, 2012
.

Climbed 'Sheridan inspired' Alexander's/Eighth link up 5-4-12. Still enough ice to stick on lower pitches of Alexander's, crux chimney attention gathering without much ice. We finished on steep direct 'middle' 4th pitch to Broadway (comparable difficulty to left exit, perhaps more sustained), maybe M5+ all dry-tooling.

Continued up Eighth, still some ice on 1st pitch, snow pitches in great shape, P5/6 all dry-tooling along a dry slab (see route comments). Great adventure.

Chris finishes Steep 4th on Alexander's
Chris finishes Steep 4th on Alexander's


FLAG
By Chris Sheridan
From Boulder, CO
May 12, 2012
Chris setting up the rappel in the Southeast Gully of Arrowhead.  If anyone cleans that stopper and pin, I'd be glad to have it back.

Some friends and I climbed and skied the Notchtop Couloir and the Right Ptarmigan Finger today. Snow climbing and skiing conditions in the area were great. He had blue skies and were looking down on the tops of the clouds. New snow accumulation from this last storm was pretty minimal, maybe about 2-3 inches over the permanent snow. Most of the south facing rock was completely dry. It would have been a great day to have a sunny warm south facing alpine route all to yourself.

Judging by the surrounding terrain and what views we could get, the following routes are probably in decent-to-good shape:

Hallett Chimney
Quicksilver
Central Buttress on Taylor
Hourglass Couloir
Snow Bench on McHenrys
Y Couloir on Ypsilon


FLAG
By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
May 28, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

Mt. Evans has a lot of good alpine adventures to be had, and the road is open.

Mini Micro and Snorkmaiden's Surprise.
Mini Micro and Snorkmaiden's Surprise.


FLAG
By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Jun 1, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

Climbed this line on 6/1, just to the left of Snorkmaiden. The route had substantial ice on the entire 700ft route.

Mt. Evans.
Mt. Evans.


And the skiing has been good.

First Apron.
First Apron.


FLAG
By acouncell
From Estes Park, CO
Jun 6, 2012

We climbed Total Abandon on Pikes Peak on 6/2 and found good, but wet, ice for most of the route. I'll post photos under that route's description.

Total Abandon, 6/2/12.
Total Abandon, 6/2/12.

Any ice in the Park that I have seen lately has fallen down in the last week. Snow is warming up really quickly and getting sloppy by 10am if not before. Some vicious t-storms up high too!


FLAG
By Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Jun 6, 2012
Dreamweaver

Anyone been up Flying Dutchman lately?

How's the crux?


FLAG
By k. riemondy
From Boulder, Co
Jun 7, 2012

Anyone had a look at hallett chimney, mt taylor, or have any suggestions for a good mixed route in the park right now?


FLAG
By acouncell
From Estes Park, CO
Jun 8, 2012

Heard a report yesterday saying that Hallet Chimney looks like disconnected snow sections and that it didn't really look "in." Apparently Dreamweaver is really good right now but melting fast and won't last but another week or maybe two at the most with this heat.

It seems the best mixed conditions are up high, from 13K and up. An overlooked area that has fun mixed climbing is the steeper chimneys to the right of the Cables Route/N. Face of Longs Peak. It's a haul in there, of course, but there are some steep, shaded chimneys and gullys that often hold ice this time of year. I don't think anything's too hard up there, from what I remember, but definitely a lot harder than Dreamweaver and harder than Martha's...more like Alexander's Chimney. But good rock and good climbing and off the beaten path. Might be worth a look...


FLAG
By Ryan N
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Jun 12, 2012
RJN

Anyone know about conditions in the Sangre de Cristos specifically Crestone needle or Kit Carson? Also looking for mixed conditions on Pikes Peak?


FLAG
By acouncell
From Estes Park, CO
Jun 13, 2012

Ryan,

Check out the comments under Total Abandon on Pikes; I climbed that route June 2nd in fairly good conditions. I posted photos there too.

I was just in the Sangre de Cristos and they're much drier than this time last year. The S. Couloir on the Peak still had snow in it; I couldn't see the N. side so can't speak to that but, presumably, there's snow/ice in there too. There seems to be decent ice on a few shaded aspects/features on most 14ers, at least from what I've seen the last two weeks. Ormes Buttress on Blanca is dry but some of the ledges/gullies around the N. Face still hold snow/ice. Overall, the range is pretty dry for mid-June. Hope this helps


FLAG
By Ryan N
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Jun 13, 2012
RJN

Acouncell thanks exactly what I was looking for. I will post beta if I get to pikes.


FLAG


Follow replies to this topic? Notify me at the top of web site.
1

Email me.
Page 18 of 19.  <<First   <Prev   16  17  18  19   Next>   Last>>