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The 2011-12 Colorado Ice Conditions Thread


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ozman · · CO / NM · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 510

With this winter storm, has anybody seen anything forming? I'm so anxious for the ice, I can hardly stand it. I see Wolf Creek is open this weekend so that is a good sign.

John R. Williams · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 95

As of last weekend not much was forming in the Longs Peak/Mt. Meeker area.

Jeremy Monahan · · Fort Fun, CO · Joined May 2002 · Points: 410

There was some good verglas on the N face of Longs Peak that formed last week after the previous storm dumped 15" on RMNP. Cable route, & several other lines to the climber's right had solid snow and verglas extending over most routes. Nothing super hard, but fun 1-2 pitch routes that only form ephemerally. Take Cable route to summit for maximum effect. Bolts were still exposed, but with the fresh snow yesterday it's anyones guess.

In all, I agree with John W. Not much else is formed at this time. More snow and subsequent melt/freeze is needed to form the usual routes.

Taylor-B. · · Valdez, AK · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 3,060

Can/has any one been up to Lincoln falls to unclog the ice farming system.
P.S-itÂ’s worth taking the tools for a walk or climb in this area right now or the next few days!!!

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

Thinking about heading up for that purpose in the next day or two. If anyone gets there first, please post up.

Jim Amidon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2001 · Points: 880

Lame......

How about starting this silly thread when there is ice.....

Geez maybe it should have been started in August, or July when I'm sure The notch Coular was climbed with ice tools..

Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

Depending on how involved a lab write-up needs to be; I might be up for Tues, Kev.

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

Buff, gotta work Tues, but some other friends will be up there then. If you want, I can hook you up.

Mark Wyss · · Denver, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 280

Has anyone been up on Kiener's/Cable in the last couple days?

Hank Caylor · · Glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 615
Jim Amidon wrote:Lame...... How about starting this silly thread when there is ice..... Geez maybe it should have been started in August, or July when I'm sure The notch Coular was climbed with ice tools..
YEAH JIM!! fully agree, 100%! full on Winter denial goin' on right here..
Abram Herman · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined May 2009 · Points: 20

Nothing wrong with starting the thread a bit early, IMO--getting psyched for ice season!!

jack roberts · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 0

Be in denial all you want Hank..........There is ice in Loch Vale right now.

Stuff is forming and the middle of this week is the time to get on it.

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110
Hank Caylor wrote: YEAH JIM!! fully agree, 100%! full on Winter denial goin' on right here..
Enjoy the warm fall weather as long as you can......let the ice be there when it's really there.
Kevin Craig · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 325
jack roberts wrote:Be in denial all you want Hank..........There is ice in Loch Vale right now. Stuff is forming and the middle of this week is the time to get on it.
Wow, that'll be nice for a change! Now if people will just stay off it or be gentle until it forms up well.
Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

I'd sure like to get out and get some mixed; getting pounded on my lab work though. Probably will be stuck late tomorrow & better stick with it thru Weds.

Maybe Thurs.

Keith H. North · · Englewood, CO · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 90

I had a friend get on ice at Lincoln today.

Ryan N · · Bellingham, WA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 195

Lincoln Falls on 10-9-11. The ice was climb-able, plenty of screw placements on the main gully. Far right side pillar fat and climb-able.

1st pitch.

2nd pitch.

Falls from approach.
Tits McGee · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 280

THE OBLIGATORY "Let it grow" POST...

But who really cares, as long as YOU are having fun - Bash away.

I agree with Jim - It's October, get a life people.

kirra · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 530
ozman wrote:I see Wolf Creek is open this weekend so that is a good sign.
I may be headed south through Wolf P & Lake Shit'y. If anyone in the area is interested in dusting off tools, nothing major -pm a shout out dare we not disturb these slumbering denialers -thanx
Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

The bowling alley at Lincoln isn't really that much a growth concern toward getting on it early-season, or any time of season for that matter. Any of us can certainly jump on the difficult mixed at vail or fickle alpine any time of the year without community approval; the beef is more about readily accessible pillars & curtains.

Ryan N · · Bellingham, WA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 195
Tits McGee wrote:THE OBLIGATORY "Let it grow" POST... But who really cares, as long as YOU are having fun - Bash away. I agree with Jim - It's October, get a life people.
Tits how goes it? Yea I feel what your saying, but when youve got an itch scratch it right?
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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