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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 6, 2012
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

Anything that forms up in the Wasatch will probably be awful thin this weekend. If the weather gods smile on us the cold temperatures will continue and things will get fat in a hurry!


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By kevinhansen
From Albion Idaho
Dec 6, 2012
Why I do it...

David Sweet wrote:
OK, so no ice in the Wasatch. Where is this Dirtcicle thing? I can't find it in the database here.


It's real name is Pricecicle, pricicle, or Price Cicle but some locals call it "Ford Creek Falls". The ice formation is just 10 miles Northwest of Helper Utah on hwy 6. You can belay from your bumper. (Almost literally) Normally I wouldn't post on the net where the only ice for 5 hours is, but lets get real, anyone with a passenger window knows where it is.
Kevin


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By Brian in SLC
Dec 6, 2012
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch

kevinhansen wrote:
It's real name is Pricecicle, pricicle, or Price Cicle but some locals call it "Ford Creek Falls".


Its "real name"...ha ha. Based on what?

I recall Dave telling me it had been known as "Tinkertoys" way back when, but, can't recall who or what group gave it that moniker.

I've always called it the "Dirtcicle". Must be for the kinda actively spewing coal seam that runs across the route.

Wonder who did the earliest known ascent of it? Has been around and well known as an ice route for many years. Pre-80's I'd guess.

Hopefully colder weather here to stay soon!


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By cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
Dec 6, 2012

Tinkertoys, I like it.


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By Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Dec 6, 2012
Top of Jah-Man Sister Superior

The Dirtcicle looks like hell. I drove by it on my way to Joes's today. It was visibly melting today and there was a huge difference from the morning to evening on the way home. Joe's is slim. We went up to Mary's Lake and found one climb in and thin. Then came down and climbed CCC with some mixed moves to get through one section that was back melted snowcone and about 2 inches thick. Highway to Heaven looked OK with the Headwall formed into a tall skinny pillar. I only saw this one from the road because we were running out of time. It was 45 degrees today down there.
It needs to get cold for us to have any chance for ice. But you all know that.
Dallen


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By Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Dec 6, 2012
Top of Jah-Man Sister Superior

Honestly the best Ice in Utah that I have found is Mary's Lake only one route and up in the Uintah's which is more of an adventure then a real climb.
Good Luck out there.
Dallen


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By chadnuesmeyer
Dec 7, 2012
Take it easy

Sunny-D wrote:
Honestly the best Ice in Utah that I have found is Mary's Lake only one route and up in the Uintah's which is more of an adventure then a real climb.


Which route in Mary's?


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By Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Dec 7, 2012
Top of Jah-Man Sister Superior

It is the second or third one from the right. Right now it goes at WI5. it is pretty thin and Steep.
Dallen


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By chadnuesmeyer
Dec 7, 2012
Take it easy

Sunny-D wrote:
It is the second or third one from the right. Right now it goes at WI5. it is pretty thin and Steep. Dallen


Sunny-D - Is the one in the Uinta's in a little fatter or am I going to have to dry tool this weekend?


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By Sunny-D
From SLC, Utah
Dec 7, 2012
Top of Jah-Man Sister Superior

The one in the Uintahs is ice no dry tooling necessary .


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By Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 11, 2012
View from up above the hand crack

Anyone have any info on Joes Valley? Finally some cool weather with some snow in Provo (think timp routes will be thick enough by the weekend?).

I was thinking if Joes Had some snow with a week of cold temps perhaps there may be something in by the weekend. Id like to go camp there this weekend but dont want to waste my time if there is nothing.


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By Wally29
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 11, 2012
Black Orpheus <br />Red Rocks, NV

Went to Joe's yesterday. Drove up to Lake Mary but from the car the only route in looked to thin for my lead head. 1st pitch of CCC falls is in but the 3rd pitch curtain is not touching yet. Donorcicle is not touching yet either. Pricecicle is in good.


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By Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 11, 2012
View from up above the hand crack

You think CCC will be climbable by the weekend or no? Any Idea on Deadbolt? I bet its not touching yet either.

Anyone have any info on Provo Canyon? Millers Thriller in? Or Upper Falls? I am sure the Apron is thickening up nicely... Just have done so many laps on it over the last few years its boring to me now lol!

Has anyone been up to Timp above Aspen grove since this cold weather began? How does the east face of Roberts look? Does anyone have any beta on any other Alpine routes in that vicinity?

I have never climbed any of the routes up South Fork above Vivian park. Are they fun? Does anyone have any beta on them?


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By SamandHam
From Bend, OR
Dec 11, 2012

I'm in Provo for a week for work. I'll be available Sunday the 16th. I can bring my tools/pons but not a rope or rack. No idea what current conditions are there but if anyone is interested let me know...


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By Wyatt H
From Casper, Wy
Dec 12, 2012

If I don't go skiing I might be up for something Sunday. I got a rack and a rope.


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By RICHBLISS
From Lindon, UT
Dec 12, 2012
Ouray.

Bridal Veil WI
Bridal Veil WI


Bridal Veil WI conditions 12/12/12 @ 8am


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By Mike Washburn
From Orem, Utah
Dec 13, 2012

I top roped laps on the apron of stairway this afternoon. It was pretty wet and not really thick enough to protect with 16 cm screws. There was a lot of water running behind the ice as well. It looks like temps will be dropping a bit over the next few days. The question is whether it will be enough to build ice or just to maintain.


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By David Sweet
From Moscow, ID
Dec 13, 2012

Thanks to the Utah contingent for the beta on the Dirtcicle. Managed to get in a couple of rope solo laps on my way by yesterday. Wet on the right side and chandeliered on the left but all-in-all not bad.

Dirtcicle 12/12/12
Dirtcicle 12/12/12


Looking down the Dirtcicle
Looking down the Dirtcicle


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 14, 2012
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

We're gonna be able to make a time lapse video of the pricicle by the end of the season. It certainly looks better than the last time I was there.


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By notmyname
From Stony Brook, NY
Dec 14, 2012

I haven't seen a piece of trash get this much attention since Snooki got pregnant


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By grk10vq
Administrator
Dec 14, 2012
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notmyname wrote:
I haven't seen a piece of trash get this much attention since Snooki got pregnant

WIN!


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 15, 2012
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

Anybody interested in climbing ice tomorrow in provo canyon? Shoot me an email gafoto@gmail.com.


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By chadnuesmeyer
Dec 15, 2012
Take it easy

notmyname wrote:
I haven't seen a piece of trash get this much attention since Snooki got pregnant


Well I passed up the opportunity to tap Snooki (read the dirtcicle) on the ass and went on to CCC in Joe's - the first pitch is in. The pillar has not touched down ant the top looks to be worse connected than I remember.

CCC Falls -- Season 12/2012
CCC Falls -- Season 12/2012


Landscape of pitch 1 on CCC Falls
Landscape of pitch 1 on CCC Falls


More CCC - 12/2012
More CCC - 12/2012


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By Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 16, 2012
View from up above the hand crack

Chadneusmeyer: Did you get a look at the deadbolt?

Forecast for Joes is below freezing all week with with snow throughout. Id expect many routes to be in with the temps I just saw. Does anyone else think so?

Check out the forecast

www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Joes+Valley+Reservoir+UT+3935>>>

Cheers,


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By XYZ
Dec 17, 2012

Here's another name we've used for 20+ yrs for the "dirtcicle" - the "Mudcicle". But late Jan this yr, it was blue-white, fat & dead vertical top to bottom. Best time to do it is @ night. But don't dismiss this general area; higher up above the Mudcicle is a fair amount of Joe's-type ice. In fact, lots of "secret ice" (up to WI4+ & 2-3 pitches all over) higher up along the mountain side. Well worth a day finding it & a week to climb it. But don't tell anyone.


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