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2009/2010 Colorado Ice Conditions


Mike McKinnon · · Golden, CO · Joined Aug 2003 · Points: 65
Ken Trout · · Golden, CO · Joined Dec 2001 · Points: 6,390
Leo Paik · · Westminster, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 22,845

Officer's Gulch - less than typical snow levels. 1" fell today.

The Shroud - in & blue.

Tony's Nightmare - in & blue.

Unnamed Gully - in & blue. Bit of upper ice.

Gordon gettin' off the couch.

Round The Corner - in, hollow in spots, 4+.
Gordo Bro gettin' off the couch.

Fish Out of Water - lean, ice high off the ground.
Wide, but high.

Three Tiers - in & blue.
3 Tiers.

The Shaft - snow filled.
Does it have ice?

Brad White · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2006 · Points: 25

Has anyone been up to, or taken a close look at N. Face of Notchtop recently. The avalanche danger has moderated for the time being, and hopefully there has been a little freeze/thaw on the crux pitch.

Any info. would be appreciated.

Charles Danforth · · L'ville, CO · Joined Aug 2003 · Points: 170

Timberline Falls in Loch Vale is in climbable shape. The main flow is 100' of WI3 and the right side is two bulges of about the same rating. Both can be TRed with a 70, maybe a 60 if you're more clever with anchors than we were. Nice ice, nice setting, modest approach.

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,476
Brad White wrote:Has anyone been up to, or taken a close look at N. Face of Notchtop recently. The avalanche danger has moderated for the time being, and hopefully there has been a little freeze/thaw on the crux pitch. Any info. would be appreciated.
Lots of snow was covering the ice a week ago. You could only see a sliver of ice in the middle. I'd like to see a photo of what it looks like now as well.
Dougald MacDonald · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2002 · Points: 750

Kelly Cordes was skiing up in that drainage today. You could ask him.

Dougald
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Brad White · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2006 · Points: 25

Thanks Stich and Dougald!

Kevin Craig · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 325

Time to become popular with the West Slope crowd (sorry guys, but I give the the goods from the East Slope too)...

Rifle is going off (uh, no pun intended). Before going though, it's best to be solid on WI5 and ready for thin/scary/semi-detached top-outs. Ain't no TR crag.

Stephen Berwanger · · Montrose, CO · Joined Jun 2007 · Points: 290

It's OK Kevin to talk about the west slope ice as long as its in the guide books.
All the other stuff SSSHHH!!!!!!
Here's a couple pics from Rifle yesterday.

Kevin and me on Soul on Ice.

Kevin and me on Stone Free, Ice Palace on right.

erik wellborn · · manitou springs · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 355

Just returned from a weekend at Rifle, which is in excellent shape. Stone Free is in easy 5 shape with a moderate top out. Ice Palace was led by my partner Dan Battin, 5++ with a pretty exciting top out, doubt it will last much longer....

Ice Palace, Anjie toproping.

Ice Palace.

Dale D · · Parker, CO · Joined Sep 2007 · Points: 160
The Shroud 1-27-10.

Was up on The Shroud today so I thought I would share.
Leo Paik · · Westminster, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 22,845

~6" of new snow in Officer's Gulch. Micro sloughs on the west side.

Pumphouse - a bit slushy, running water of the left.

From the base.

Designator amphitheater:

From the road.

Spiral Stairs:

From the road.

Firehouse/Timber Falls:

From the road.

Booth Creek:

From near Pumphouse.

Kevin Landolt · · Fort Collins, Wyoming · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 585

A little alpine update for the N. Face of Longs, Jan 30th. Cables Route.

The snow-ramp approach was good styrofoam and felt safe, but pockets of windslab on the M2 corner pitch turned me around.









Quite a bit of ice forming back in the corner (under the snow).

Full TR on my blog
erik wellborn · · manitou springs · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 355

Here a shoddy report for Bridalveil Falls which we climbed yesterday. Climb is in excellent condition, although rather hooked out. No running water to speak of. Pitch 1 is pretty reasonable. Pitch 2 is the business, steep with good hooks and decent pro. Very classic and not as hard as it looks. Enjoy!

Dan on 1st pitch.

Bridal Veil.
1st pitch.

Dougald MacDonald · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2002 · Points: 750

With quite a few new mixed routes going in this season at East Vail, I've posted a sequential listing of all the climbs at the Firehouse West and Spiral Staircase areas: tinyurl.com/ybop4au. The new climbs are accessible to mere mortals and they seem really fun.

Dale D · · Parker, CO · Joined Sep 2007 · Points: 160

I was at Hully Gully today. A nice 44 degrees when I got back to my Jeep around 1:00pm. Great ice conditions on both pitches.

First pitch of Hully Gully, 2/10/2010.

Second pitch of Hully Gully, 2/10/2010.

Brian Tessier · · Lakehood, Colorado · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 295

Clear Creek Canyon update:
Coors Lite is in tough shape. There is ice but its been climbed to death.
Mickey's has filled in and is pretty easy.
All of the rest of the climbs do not exist.

Chris Plesko · · Westminster, CO · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 485

There is steeper ice (sort of) at clear creek too but it's beat up. The higher "pitches" are a little fresher. Both Mickey's and Coors Lite P1 must get climbed constantly.

Kevin Craig · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 325

Rifle ice is still largely in good shape. Soul on Ice is 5 +/- and the top out has receded from the tree a bit further making it a bit spicier. Stone Free looks a bit thinner than a couple of weeks ago. Ice Palace and Final Curtain still look about the same.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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