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Jan 23, 2013
Does anybody know if you can still drive down South Mineral Creek road. Martin Barnett
Joined Jun 17, 2006
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Jan 23, 2013
Beagle
Martin Barnett wrote:
Does anybody know if you can still drive down South Mineral Creek road.

Definitely not.
Bryan Gilmore
From Your Mama
Joined Nov 7, 2005
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Jan 23, 2013
Beagle
Jamie Jones wrote:
Fifty two degrees in The San Juans, estimated 6oo people in the ice park each day this weekend, even worst than the Festival. Poor ruined Colorado.

600 people in the ice park? I don't think so... And if it is true, that's great because that's 600 less people doing the AWESOME routes that are in right now all around the ice park.
Bryan Gilmore
From Your Mama
Joined Nov 7, 2005
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Jan 23, 2013
Beagle wrote:
600 people in the ice park? I don't think so... And if it is true, that's great because that's 600 less people doing the AWESOME routes that are in right now all around the ice park.


The only question is ...just how twisted are those people doing those AWESOME routes without any ice?
Roger from Ouray
Joined Jul 31, 2007
23 points
Jan 23, 2013
Thats Me
Is gandolfs really out? I have been down there several times at this time of the year and its usually super fat. Also I climbed the curecanti monster recently. Its thin but climbable completely on ice with the exception of a small mixed section on p1 that i suspect is iced up by now. clay meier
Joined Dec 24, 2008
359 points
Jan 23, 2013
Silver Plume conditions? Anyone????? Igor T
Joined Mar 27, 2011
0 points
Jan 23, 2013
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
Beagle wrote:
600 people in the ice park? I don't think so... And if it is true, that's great because that's 600 less people doing the AWESOME routes that are in right now all around the ice park.


FYI, that's a low ball number, and from a reliable source.
J Antin
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2009
896 points
Jan 23, 2013
For those who enjoy ice cragging silverplume is in great condition. It's getting just cold enough at night to really shape up. Picture from 1/18.


Silverplume on a busy day
Silverplume on a busy day
mthomas
Joined Sep 25, 2009
51 points
Jan 23, 2013
Any beta on Lincoln Falls area? nick.laws
Joined Jan 29, 2010
37 points
Jan 23, 2013
Does anybody know if Fat City is in good shape? Martin Barnett
Joined Jun 17, 2006
96 points
Jan 24, 2013
Martin Barnett wrote:
Does anybody know if Fat City is in good shape?


Fat City and Tempered by Fire are in great shape as of this past Monday
Enjoy
lukespangenburg
Joined Nov 21, 2012
0 points
Jan 24, 2013
Given how little snow is around, does anyone know if dream weaver is in? A.P.Lee
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 11, 2012
21 points
Jan 24, 2013
Ouray area update: Was in Eureka today, Stairway's first pitch was thin, route was crowded even on a weekday. Whorehouse is in but a little wet, 2nd pitch really thin, watch where you step. Camp Bird road climbs are thin and wet, really have not come in well this season. Only a couple of the local Ouray climbs are really in fat right now, and those are crowded and heavily guided. Essentially it has been warm, plus every route has been heavily traveled and beat up. Highlander
From Ouray, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2008
225 points
Jan 24, 2013
glacier tan
Stopped by Moffatt Tunnel today. Ice was pretty chopped but still fairly thick with good climbing. Climber's ice was wet and delicate. Approach did not require snow showes
Short but sweet.
Short but sweet.


Looking down.
Looking down.
Alan Stevens
From Big Lake, AK
Joined Jul 13, 2010
53 points
Jan 24, 2013
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Last week I was on Horsetail on 550. Every pitch was in, upper pitch was fairly wet. Little unconsolidated snow at a good belay at the top of the first pitch. Bear Creek Falls was VERY thin and running water near the top. Had a team get to about 20 ft below the road. Next day the next team that climbed ended up 20 feet below that. Really not safe. (This was last Thurs.)

Camp Bird: Slip Sliding Away was the fattest, Chockstone Chimney not horrible. Skylight not in. Choppos is definitely very thin and incredibly mixed. Lots of drytooling in Posers and near Chockstone. Ribbon is NOT in at all across the valley. Same with Bird Brain.
Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Joined Nov 23, 2012
10 points
Jan 24, 2013
lukespangenburg wrote:
Fat City and Tempered by Fire are in great shape as of this past Monday Enjoy


Thanks. Do you know about goldrush.
Martin Barnett
Joined Jun 17, 2006
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Jan 24, 2013
Hey, Goldrush is not in at all, climbed Tempered by fire yesterday. It was wet but good, just to warm out there... Nina GJ
From Grand Junction
Joined Dec 30, 2012
15 points
Jan 25, 2013
Getting up the Great Dihedral on Hallet Peak, RMNP...
Was up at Officer's Gulch two days ago, and it was honestly too warm. We were up on Tony's Nightmare and it was more like Tony's Wet Dream. It was fun, but definitely not a top-roping leave your screws in the ice kind of day. It should fatten up quite nicely once it cools down again up there.

Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
46 points
Jan 25, 2013
Lamb's Slide
Tony T. wrote:
... We were up on Tony's Nightmare and it was more like Tony's Wet Dream.


Guess you'd be the one to know! :-)

Thanks for the report -- looks like a lot of ice at least, and avy danger looks nonexistent.
Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2010
195 points
Jan 26, 2013
hanging at the bridger jacks campground


Climbed all mixed up in RMNP last week. The climb is still in good shape with hooks up most of climb. There is a little mandatory mixed at end of first pitch. Also the start of pitch 2 involves some interesting traversing around steep pillars which are thin and hollow. Bring plenty of 10-13cm screws for the lead as the route is pretty thin right now. Avi danger should be low as there is not much snow up there right now. Go get it before it falls off!
All Mixed Up.
All Mixed Up.


Last pitch of ice on All Mixed Up.
Last pitch of ice on All Mixed Up.
whittlesticks
From Glenwood Springs
Joined Apr 27, 2006
77 points
Jan 27, 2013
Imaginate
Anyone been on Alexander's lately? Is there good ice? How are avy conditions in the longs cirque area?

EDIT: After digging around on Eli's website I came to the conclusion that Alexander's was out (too dry) and that upper kieners and the diamond have more avalanche danger than other areas of the park.

Eli's jan23 conditions report
David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
350 points
Jan 28, 2013
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
Loch Vale - Saturday 1-26-2013. Everything was pretty beat, or thin...

Mixed Emotions
Mixed Emotions.
Mixed Emotions.



Faces of Meth:
Meth.
Meth.


Loch Vale
Loch Vale, 1-26-2013.
Loch Vale, 1-26-2013.


Mo Flo
Mo Flo.
Mo Flo.
J Antin
From Golden, CO
Joined May 13, 2009
896 points
Jan 28, 2013
Anyone been up to Wolf Creek Pass? Particularly the west side? AGough
Joined Mar 16, 2009
17 points
Jan 29, 2013
Me belaying: Talisman
AGough wrote:
Anyone been up to Wolf Creek Pass? Particularly the west side?


I saw Treasure Falls from the road last Monday and it looked pretty fat but not sure how good as I didn't hike up to it. I am gonna see it again on Thursday and hopefully if its still looking good I will get on it this weekend. Tasty Freeze also looked pretty good from the road but it pretty far out from 160 to know for sure. I will report after I see Treasure again soon.
Timmy Foulkes
Joined Jan 17, 2011
14 points
Jan 29, 2013
Hidden Falls, Glenwood Canyon- I put up the tyrolean just upstream from the Shoshone powerplant yesterday to get across the river. I was able to cross the ice, but it was dicey and not likely to last very long. The tyrolean will need to be tightened, but is otherwise all set. The ice is way fat...all we need now is some young bucks to get up there and break trail...preferably before Friday! tom bohanon
Joined Jan 24, 2006
26 points


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