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Dec 21, 2013
me on my redpoint
anyone been to redstone yet? Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2007
213 points
Dec 21, 2013
Squid is alive and well, although probably not for long. It's hooked out, "thick" ice to the ground, consensus is about 5+ right now. Everything else up there is severely delaminated. Tentacle goes, for now. Calamari is out. Jason Maki
Joined Mar 19, 2012
104 points
Dec 21, 2013
Dave Cummings wrote:
anyone been to redstone yet?


Not much... the little that was there took a hard beating the past two weeks with the sun and warm temps. We need lots of snow and cold.
Knockneed Man
Joined Jan 8, 2008
45 points
Dec 22, 2013
Backpacking on the High route
Any ice in Rifle? Would love to get on some frozen pillars of goodness.
Thanks!
Daxman
From Avon, CO
Joined Jan 8, 2009
10 points
Dec 22, 2013
I drove by Coors Lite on Thursday. Despite the warm temps of last week, it looks fat and in good shape. Brice W
Joined Jul 31, 2001
64 points
Dec 22, 2013
Daxman wrote:
Any ice in Rifle? Would love to get on some frozen pillars of goodness. Thanks!


blog.glenwoodclimbingguides.co...
S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
24 points
Dec 22, 2013
Although it changes very guickly, Glenwood Falls was in for Jeremy Joseph and me 2 days ago. Better conditions than we expected, and quite safe it seemed, as long as one is off by 10:30 AM or so.

Glenwood Falls from the descent trail 12-20-13
Glenwood Falls from the descent trail 12-20-13


Glenwood Falls from the road 12-18-13.
Glenwood Falls from the road 12-18-13.
tom bohanon
Joined Jan 24, 2006
26 points
Dec 22, 2013
Goofin' on the Grand after soloing the Upper Exum ...
Updated conditions here: blog.glenwoodclimbingguides.co...

Enjoy!

The Pleasure Pillar (right side of Final Curtain) ...
The Pleasure Pillar (right side of Final Curtain) at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-21-13.
Michael Schneiter
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Apr 3, 2002
7,436 points
Dec 22, 2013
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Jaws is out for now. Cracked the whole way across (even the low angle stuff on the left).

Jaws, 12/22/13.
Jaws, 12/22/13.
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Dec 23, 2013
lumpy
Jewel Lake (RMNP)

Jewell Lake ice 12/16/13.
Jewell Lake ice 12/16/13.


Jewell Lake ice 12/16/13?
Jewell Lake ice 12/16/13?
Dholmb
Joined Aug 27, 2008
61 points
Dec 23, 2013
Descending the knife edge ridge on Aiguille du Mid...
Climbed the first two pitches of Three Tiers (Tenmile Canyon) today. The ice itself was decent, but the snow conditions were just about too dangerous.
The approach had a couple sections of small windslab over sugary snow, which were avoidable (for now) by sticking to the small ridges. I had to do some dry tooling on the right hand side of the climb to avoid a large slab between the first two tiers, and we didn't continue up the third tier due to another large unavoidable slab. I don't recommend it.
Mike Hasse
From Lebanon, NH
Joined Nov 11, 2010
316 points
Dec 24, 2013
Just below the chockstone on Alexander's chimney
How is snow conditions on AMU. Thinking about heading up Friday but with this new snow I'd love some opinions.

Thanks.

Seth
seth0687
From Fort Collins
Joined Nov 20, 2007
392 points
Dec 24, 2013
Any interest in carpooling to the ouray ice fest from so california and /or splitting a room in ouray 9-12? Pm me. other
From San Diego, CA
Joined Apr 3, 2006
11 points
Dec 25, 2013
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good
Is Martha in yet? erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Joined Apr 3, 2008
370 points
Dec 25, 2013
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Yo Dave
Did avacado and the drool on Monday!
I'd get out this wknd or thurs?
Jay 1975
From Colorado
Joined Nov 1, 2001
1,043 points
Dec 25, 2013
Shredded by the Center Route.
Erik, Martha's is a very serious outing and should be taken seriously. I would advise setting up a base camp at the junction, then erecting a series of high camps which you can stock over a period of time during acclimatization hikes. Also, you should have a beacon in your pack in case you're hit by a landslide. phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Joined Feb 23, 2005
703 points
Dec 26, 2013
Any one know conditions on Silverplume? Seen it from I-70? Thanks in advance. Jim Davidson
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Joined Nov 22, 2006
32 points
Dec 26, 2013
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, w...
Don't forget the ten essentials Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2010
999 points
Dec 26, 2013
Bocan
Jim Davidson wrote:
Any one know conditions on Silverplume? Seen it from I-70? Thanks in advance.


Looked good...worth the stop. 10 mile and vail looked amazing as well.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
952 points
Dec 26, 2013
Base of the Black Wall pitch on the Direct Exum
Last Sat Silverplume was slush. Officer's was perfect. Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
Joined Jun 16, 2009
548 points
Dec 26, 2013
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Lots to climb in the Ice Park including the climbs in the lead-only area - ice quality is pretty good this year too.

The Ribbon is in good shape but be aware, some total JACKASS took an enormous dump about 10-12 feet below the bolted belay half way up the climb. This pretty much precludes using the bolts to rappel as it would result in you dragging your ropes through a huge pile of sh*t. What the hell is the world coming to? First someone takes a crap at the base of Calypso in Eldo now actually ON an ice climb. Must have been an interesting rigging challenge though I have to admit based on where it is.
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Dec 26, 2013
Just past the first crux at Munchkin Land
Anyone know the snow build up for the bowls in 10 mile? Thinking of heading up there but CAIC is showing Level 3 for Vail & Summit County. Andrew McCallister
From Denver
Joined Jun 7, 2007
21 points
Dec 27, 2013
"Golly Gully" is a nice beginners ice climb in Boulder Canyon that has formed from flood scour.

Park as for The Dome, take the bike path down east, through the tunnel until the second ice filled gully is found on the right(north) side.

Hardmen need not apply. Merely a series of creek bed rolls and flows for almost 800 feet to a high shoulder of Flagstaff mnt. Descend heading west via pine trees & grassy slopes, avoiding cliffs (stay left) and eyeing the first gully passed on approach.
Donovan "Dark Warrior" Allen, 15, explor...
Donovan "Dark Warrior" Allen, 15, exploring ice in Golly Gully
Scott S. Allen
Joined Jun 7, 2013
138 points
Dec 27, 2013
saw this yesterday on the Ribbon, I was hoping it was just mud or rock.

Kevin Craig wrote:
The Ribbon is in good shape but be aware, some total JACKASS took an enormous dump about 10-12 feet below the bolted belay half way up the climb. This pretty much precludes using the bolts to rappel as it would result in you dragging your ropes through a huge pile of sh*t. What the hell is the world coming to? First someone takes a crap at the base of Calypso in Eldo now actually ON an ice climb. Must have been an interesting rigging challenge though I have to admit based on where it is.
Highlander
From Ouray, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2008
225 points
Dec 28, 2013
RCC@50+ Photo courtesy CO Crack Gear
Highlander wrote:
saw this yesterday on the Ribbon, I was hoping it was just mud or rock.


Sounds like France...
RobC2
Joined Mar 9, 2009
168 points


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