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Jan 18, 2014
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt K...
Abram Herman wrote:
Girlfriend wants to get out tomorrow, anyone know conditions on Moffatt Tunnel and/or Hidden Falls?


Hidden Falls at Wild Basin is in. There is a WI3 flow to the left of the Main Flow (called Kiddie Flow) that was pretty wet but fat. The Main Flow is in about WI4 on the left side and would make the best lead to the bolted anchor. I led the right side of Main Flow and it was pretty slushy and had water running behind it.
Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Joined Sep 26, 2009
2,578 points
Jan 18, 2014
After a day of ice climbing
Anybody know how Ames Ice Hose is looking? First pitch in good this year? Jeremy Joseph
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined May 31, 2011
431 points
Jan 18, 2014
taking the steep line
ames ice hose is about as good as it gets right now. no rock on 1st. chimney pitch is fat as f..k. last pitch 70 meters of awesomeness.
so good that i did er twice this season.

E
Erik Eriksson
Joined Sep 18, 2011
16 points
Jan 18, 2014
Viking helmet cover, yep.
Thank Tom and Andy! We actually ended up at Moffatt Tunnel this morning; the flow on the far side is fat but drippy today with the warmth, the pillar to the left of the main flow is in but pretty hacked out (no swinging necessary). It looked like the flow closest to the parking lot was in, but not as fat as I've seen it before. We didn't get a close look though. Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Joined May 23, 2009
43 points
Jan 19, 2014
After a day of ice climbing
Erik Eriksson wrote:
ames ice hose is about as good as it gets right now. no rock on 1st. chimney pitch is fat as f..k. last pitch 70 meters of awesomeness. so good that i did er twice this season. E




Thanks for the info! Gonna give it a go this week!
Jeremy Joseph
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined May 31, 2011
431 points
Jan 20, 2014
Bridal Veil Falls 1/20/2014

Bridal Veil Falls, 1/20/2014.
Bridal Veil Falls, 1/20/2014.
luke Lydiard
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
Joined Jan 16, 2011
123 points
Jan 21, 2014
Climbing Trail Creek
Plenty of ice in the Black Canyon and near Lake City.

Curecanti Monster.
Curecanti Monster.


The Real Blue Creek.
The Real Blue Creek.



Open and Closed Casket.
Open and Closed Casket.


Gandalfs beard no longer seems to be forming due to possible diversion of the ponds that normally feed this climb.
Scott Krankkala
Joined Aug 25, 2008
244 points
Jan 22, 2014
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Scott, thanks for posting! What's the "approved" access for climbs like the Real Blue Creek? The approach in Roberts is across private land and parking seems problematic too based on prior reccys that I've done. I don't want to be "that guy" and create or worsen access issues with or for locals. Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Jan 22, 2014
black nasty
Fang, Dez, and most all Vail is in good shape!

Some photos on my blog if you need some visual porn…

Blog - Look at 2014 post
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Jan 22, 2014
Climbing Trail Creek
Kevin when we climbed it we parked at the pullout on highway 50 right before you get to Blue Creek. We dropped down to the creek and followed it to the base of the climb. The creek was frozen and it was surprisingly easy travel. Scott Krankkala
Joined Aug 25, 2008
244 points
Jan 23, 2014
black nasty
Any word on what's going on in the Loch/RMNP/DeepFreeze area?
Good? or sublimated?
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Jan 23, 2014
Anyone know how the ice is over by Redstone? Avocado Gully, Redstone Pillar? Thanks

-Jacob
Jacob09
From Denver, CO
Joined Jan 10, 2009
10 points
Jan 23, 2014
Relaxing at the top of looking glass.
Jacob09 wrote:
Anyone know how the ice is over by Redstone? Avocado Gully, Redstone Pillar? Thanks -Jacob
as good as it gets
Brian marsh
From carbondale, CO
Joined Jun 20, 2012
160 points
Jan 23, 2014
Post climb celebration drinks with a sweet line in...
Cor wrote:
Any word on what's going on in the Loch/RMNP/DeepFreeze area? Good? or sublimated?

+1
LawHous
From Colorado Springs, CO
Joined Jul 21, 2012
190 points
Jan 23, 2014
Goofin' on the Grand after soloing the Upper Exum ...
Brian marsh wrote:
as good as it gets


Pretty good but the popular stuff (Avocado, Pillar, Drool) is pretty hacked up and stuff that gets sun is getting hammered right now.

On a sidenote, Rifle is good as well as Hidden Falls in Glenwood Canyon.

blog.glenwoodclimbingguides.co...
Michael Schneiter
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Apr 3, 2002
7,375 points
Jan 25, 2014
black nasty
Hidden Falls in RMNP is in pretty good shape overall.
I was there on Friday, and it was running water / rebuilding itself.

If you want to see it, I did a blog post video.
(Check the looks, or enjoy the video…)

HardCorMountainAdventures
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Jan 25, 2014
Cor wrote:
Hidden Falls in RMNP is in pretty good shape overall. I was there on Friday, and it was running water / rebuilding itself. If you want to see it, I did a blog post video. (Check the looks, or enjoy the video…) HardCorMountainAdventures


Nice vid... Hidden Falls looks about as cruiser and fat as it gets! Unusual to have the cave fully covered. At least for the last few years! Nice.

Did the Lincoln thing Wed. It's pretty much it's usual brittle and platie self. Lots of ice though, little snow coverage, and the pillars are all looking pretty good. Go early, beat the cluster-F of crowds...
Just Solo
From Colorado Springs
Joined Nov 13, 2003
23 points
Jan 25, 2014
Post climb celebration drinks with a sweet line in...
What's up with Long's/Meeker cirque lately? Anything still good in the area? Specifically looking at Alexander's LawHous
From Colorado Springs, CO
Joined Jul 21, 2012
190 points
Jan 25, 2014
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt K...
Any eyes or tools on The Crypt/Cold Storage/Freezer Burn? Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Joined Sep 26, 2009
2,578 points
Jan 26, 2014
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt K...
The Crypt at Loch Vale is in. It appeared to me in a vision I had while topping out Mixed Emotions. I don't know how good it's in but it's there. Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Joined Sep 26, 2009
2,578 points
Jan 26, 2014
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Just a heads-up, we were looking at AMU through the binoculars today and noticed what looked like a crown wall and slide path on the snowfield below the final pitch. Didn't look like the snow above the climb had slid (yet). Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Jan 27, 2014
another day in the park
LawHous wrote:
What's up with Long's/Meeker cirque lately? Anything still good in the area? Specifically looking at Alexander's


Was up in the area on 1/19, Alexander's looked thin from the rim of Chasm Lake. Columbine Falls / Peacock Pool ice looked amazingly fat, so if Alexander's wasn't in you could always aim for that, just keep your avi wits about you. Saw evidence of patchy slabs underneath Lady Washington.
Andy Nelson
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Joined Feb 6, 2013
317 points
Jan 27, 2014
Just below the chockstone on Alexander's chimney
Hidden falls was in great shape today minus the 2' of snow that dumped on us. Oh and the guys that apparently don't like to yell "ice" lol. But the ice was great while we were alone. Falls major is 3+ to 4. Flow to the right was 4+ but a little brittle. All in all great sticks and short hike.

Seth
seth0687
From Fort Collins
Joined Nov 20, 2007
392 points
Jan 28, 2014
Leashless bliss. 3 points of contact
LIV wrote:
It's in!! Heading down there for some development soon . . . Bad roads, horrid approach, postholing waist deep for miles, but oh, so worth it!!

Southern Colorado.
Southern Colorado.

Somewhere near the top of page 15 it would be nice to get some beta on this area before it melts out LIV!
We're waiting patiently lol
Tom-onator
From trollfreesociety
Joined Feb 15, 2010
796 points
Jan 28, 2014
Kirk Couloir Challenger Peak
Tom-o Sapien wrote:
Somewhere near the top of page 15 it would be nice to get some beta on this area before it melts out LIV! We're waiting patiently lol


I agree ... Slacking here. Doing Park stuff. New job and need a long weekend for this one. Still on the do list and will post it up!
LIV
Joined Dec 28, 2007
497 points


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