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By Kevin Craig
Oct 5, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Tried to get up Pikes today. Road only open to mile 13. Drove over to Lincoln Falls. Not a scrap of ice anywhere - running water and wet rock. Come on cold!


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By Matt Shepard
From Broomfield, CO
Oct 6, 2012
Longs Peak Cirque

Kevin I hiked to Notchtop with my wife last week and there was hardly any snow on it much less Ice. Might get better with this weather event this weekend


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By Kevin Craig
Oct 6, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Thanks Matt. I might head up there to do the one of the Ptarmigan Fingers tomorrow. Will let you know if it's gotten any better.


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By Jon E.
Oct 6, 2012

For what its worth Kevin, the last time I saw the ptarmigan fingers they were almost completely melted out. The photo attached was taken in mid august.

Ptarmigan Fingers mid-August.
Ptarmigan Fingers mid-August.


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By Kevin Craig
Oct 6, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Yikes! Thanks Jon! That's incredible. Good thing climate change is a hoax. :^/ Guess I've got to take that one off my Fall climbing list - at least until/if we get a couple of big snow years in a row. Darn shame, those used to be some of the best AI climbs around.


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By Julian Smith
From Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 6, 2012
Julian Smith

Conditions pic of North Star for 10/6/2012.
Conditions pic of North Star for 10/6/2012.


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By Mike Pharris
From Longmont, CO
Oct 8, 2012
Climbing above Black Lake

Glacier Gorge/Black Lake: All Mixed Up and Black Lake routes are getting started; but - a couple of warm days this week will thin it out to almost nothing. Very early and pretty dry overall - the weather last week got some things started, but without another dose to move it along all progress will be lost.


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By Freddy.Mondale
From Boulder, CO
Oct 16, 2012

from chris davenport's instagram today...

From Davenport's instagram.
From Davenport's instagram.


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By phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Oct 21, 2012
Shredded by the Center Route.

Lincoln Falls is forming, though the middle of the bowling alley is still rock, and the pillars are a little rainy right now.


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By Brian Scoggins
From Eugene, OR
Oct 21, 2012

Went up to Long's Peak yesterday. Most everything is thin and discontinuous still, and the warm nights weren't helping. This next storm cycle may change that though. The right side of Columbine Falls (not pictured) had about a refrigerator sized hole in through which you could see a lot of flowing water.

Columbine Falls and Peacock Pool area.  Forming, still flowing underneath.
Columbine Falls and Peacock Pool area. Forming, still flowing underneath.


Diamond.  Lake is not at all frozen.
Diamond. Lake is not at all frozen.


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By Jeremy Monahan
From Fort Fun, CO
Oct 21, 2012
View of Longs Peak from Mt. Alice, RMNP

Come on Smear of Fear and Crazy Train! Haven't seen those lines in a couple years!

Nice pics, thanks Brian.


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By Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Oct 22, 2012
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, weird roof since the curtain broke off. Photo by Cody Olsen.

Smear is pretty hopeless this season I think unless some serious change happens. (Hope I'm wrong) Crazy Train was in over a week ago but not for the faint of heart. The only screws you could have gotten would have been the anchor, if that, but it was touching. Conditions changed big time in just a week from pretty descent to almost summer like. Smear melted in half it seemed. Fields melted out a bit. Hopefully the cooler temps later this week bring some restoration. On the other hand....things that don't see the sun on the East Face....


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By jeff frame
From Vail,Co
Oct 24, 2012

Noah8000 wrote:
Anyone interested in Vail Sunday? (seriously)

drytooling but that s about it ill go though i live here so why not pm me


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Oct 25, 2012
me on my redpoint

Anyone been up to Lincoln Falls yet?


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2012
Bocan

phil wortmann wrote:
Lincoln Falls is forming, though the middle of the bowling alley is still rock, and the pillars are a little rainy right now.


This is from above, 4 days ago.


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Oct 25, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

The goods.
The goods.

This photo is from about 2 weeks ago. Lincoln falls is the fattest its been in a long time. I was going up there every other day to chop out the ice dams to keep the water flow going until some one took the community ice axe that was stashed up there. So, if you took an old grivel straight tool can you please return it or PM me.
As of 10/25 in Summit it has snowed a few inches and is about 0F with wind chill.

Long's Peak.
Long's Peak.

Longs Peak Conditions:
Alexanders- In
Flying Dutchmen- In
Lamb Slide- Alpine Ice
Kieners- In
Eighth Route- out
Cables- In
Dream Weaver- Maybe??


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Oct 27, 2012

Loch Vale vicinity report:

Loch Vale Gorge (from a distance) looked meager.

10/26/12.
10/26/12.


NW Face of Thatchtop, P1 looks in.
P1 of NW Face of Thatchtop, 10/26/12.
P1 of NW Face of Thatchtop, 10/26/12.


Necrophelia - not much.
Lean, mean. 10/26/12.
Lean, mean. 10/26/12.


Deep Freeze - has ice in the back, but the dagger on the last pitch isn't in.
Deep Freeze, 10/26/12.
Deep Freeze, 10/26/12.


The Crypt - not.

Womb With A View - not.
Womb, 10/26/12.
Womb, 10/26/12.


Timberline Falls - in, but not fat. Main section is hollow, open spots, climbable to the sides.
Timberline Falls, 10/26/12.
Timberline Falls, 10/26/12.


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By Garrick Muehlnickel
From Parker,CO
Oct 27, 2012
Climber on Equinox- Castlewood Canyon

Long's Peak - Chasm Lake.
Long's Peak - Chasm Lake.


10/26/12


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By Garrick Muehlnickel
From Parker,CO
Oct 27, 2012
Climber on Equinox- Castlewood Canyon

Long's Peak Trail - towards Twin Sisters.
Long's Peak Trail - towards Twin Sisters.


Aw who am I kidding, yesterday was awesome up there, I have to add one more.


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By Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
Oct 27, 2012
Ice Fest 2014

Loch Vale crag, 10/27/12.  Better shape than expected.
Loch Vale crag, 10/27/12. Better shape than expected.


Mixed Emotions 10/27/12 with a few inches of slab ice past the crux move.
Mixed Emotions 10/27/12 with a few inches of slab ice past the crux move.


Crystal Meth 10/27/12 touching down but in fragile WI6 condition.
Crystal Meth 10/27/12 touching down but in fragile WI6 condition.


Loch Vale Crag 10/27/12.  'Mixed Feelings' could grow more.  'More Flo than Go'is just in, Lochluster routes still haven't touched down.  'Crystal Meth' is fragile.
Loch Vale Crag 10/27/12. 'Mixed Feelings' could grow more. 'More Flo than Go'is just in, Lochluster routes still haven't touched down. 'Crystal Meth' is fragile.


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By matt.schwab
From Estes Park, CO
Oct 27, 2012

Thanks for all of the updates everyone, very much appreciated!


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By Rich zz
From california
Oct 28, 2012

if anyone wants to teach a noob (complete noob from califorina) some ice climbing this december, i'd love to tag along. beers on me. i have all the gear.


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By Chris91
From Boulder, CO
Oct 28, 2012
testing out some cravasses <br />

Glacier Gorge Report:

4"-6" Inches of snow along the trail, 1'-2' near black lake. Black lake was not fully frozen.

Parking Lot Ice: Not

AMU: Looks to be in from the trail, ice bottom to top. Did not appear to be much snow above or below the route.

AMU, 10/27/12.
AMU, 10/27/12.


Jewel: Thin

Jewell: 10/27/12.
Jewell: 10/27/12.


Reflections: From the trail, looks to have a fair amount of ice:

Reflections: 10/27/12.
Reflections: 10/27/12.


West Gully: Looked thin in spots
Stoneman: Just touching down


West Gully/ Stoneman: 10-27-12.
West Gully/ Stoneman: 10-27-12.


Black Lake Slabs: Bottom has ice but thin:


Black Lake Slabs: 10-27-12.
Black Lake Slabs: 10-27-12.


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By ozman
From CO / NM
Oct 28, 2012
Hyalite shots

Slverton: south mineral creek. Lower direct north face is not in, but there must have been a pronounced freeze line at about 10,500 ft. Because the top pitches are much fatter than the lower few pitches. Same with cataract creek.


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By Kevin Gillest
From Arvada, CO
Oct 29, 2012
Garrett Gillest at Zappa Wall Escalante Canyon, age 5

Right side upper at Lincoln, as of Oct. 28th.
Right side upper at Lincoln, as of Oct. 28th.


Lincoln Upper Right-Side


Entire area as of Oct. 28th.
Entire area as of Oct. 28th.


Entire Lincoln Falls Ice, as of 12 noon Oct 28th. Great conditions, the maintenance work/farming has really paid off, hats off to all involved! Ice growing in places I have never seen in the past


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