The 2012-13 Colorado Ice Conditions Thread


Timmy Foulkes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 20

Treasure Falls is in lean and mean. Tasty Freeze looked in from the parking area for Treasure but there was a lot of snow on it.

Had a great time on Lincoln the other day. Beautiful day and conditions. Thanks again to those who helped farm.

Does anyone have info on the Glenwood and Aspen areas. Thanks

Dave Cummings · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 190

aside from being fucking arctic, -10 today, ice in vail is forming up nice

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

FWIW, Glenwood Falls was definitely formed up on 12/22, but I can't speak for the quality of the ice as we drove past at night.

Dave Cummings · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 190

both hidden falls and glenwood falls looked fat when I drove through today

Timmy Foulkes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 20

That's great news guys. Thanks for the info.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 549

Silverplume in good condition. Nice and sunny today.

MarcDurant · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 0

Took a newbie to Hidden Falls in RMNP today. Main flow and top pillar are pretty chopped up but can be climbed gracefully by hooking instead of swinging. Looked like most of the ice was pretty old except for the pillars on climber's right, which appear to be actively forming. The lower-angle flow on the far left is running wet as always. Trail in is easy boot-pack.

Taylor-B. · · Valdez, AK · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 3,060
Just after the French pillar collapsed. People still flirting with detached, sublimated, cracked, shit ice!
FYI/PSA: The Lincoln Falls pillars are always super dangerous in the winter. The French Pillar collapsed today with about half a dozen people directly below it and TRing that exact climb, along with a few other people in the vicinity of the falling ice. IÂ’m so glad that no one was hurt. I know this forum is no place to rant, so I posted on a new forum the recipe for disaster.
George Bell · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 5,030

Bridalveil Falls near Telluride, 12/26/2012

Bridalveil Falls, 12/26/2012

Tammy Payne · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 235

Buddy and I are looking at possibly doing Glenwood Falls this weekend... I've seen her from the Hwy... as have others... but anyone actually been on her yet? Would love some beta.

S Denny · · Aspen, CO · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 20
Tammy Payne wrote:Buddy and I are looking at possibly doing Glenwood Falls this weekend... I've seen her from the Hwy... as have others... but anyone actually been on her yet? Would love some beta.
start early on a cold cloudy day. that one loves to fall down midday. rumor has it the spring that feeds it is always ~52*

friends got on it this morning... we'll see how it goes
Tammy Payne · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2011 · Points: 235

Awesome! Thanks :o) If you hear from your friends, let me know how their climb went. Anything else in the area in and worthy of attacking?

S Denny · · Aspen, CO · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 20

not quite yet... hidden is very close, redstone is shaping up but not there

S Denny · · Aspen, CO · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 20

glenwood falls update... P2 was thin thin thin, and wet wet wet. Sun came out and those guys wisely bailed. Gotta catch that one on the perfect day to keep the safety margin manageable

funkyicemonkey · · Colorado · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 0

Redstone: Drool pillar -nothing at all, not even a damp smear. Avocado Gully 1st pitch: nada. 2nd pitch is too thin and any ascent may blast it out for weeks.
Vail: thin but close. Dont bother with the racket club, very very incomplete.

RobC2 Cotter · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 240
Tammy Payne wrote:Awesome! Thanks :o) If you hear from your friends, let me know how their climb went. Anything else in the area in and worthy of attacking?
I did Glenwood Falls solo maybe in 1995(?) leashes one piece suit etc. It was a cloudy day very cold one chunk of ice came down while I suited up but the clouds rolled in so I headed up. Right at the top of the steep ice there was a hole in the ice and when I looked down the hole I could see my own shadow against the ice there was nothing but flowing water under me and the thin pane of vertical ice I was on...

Before I had begun the approach from the road a CDOT worker had tried to talk me out of going he apparently didn't want to have to look for my mangled body. I stepped over the guard rail en route and nearly fell over the memorial to the two guys killed when the thing had collapsed.

This is one to avoid I would say. Absolutely not worth anyone's life...
Eli Helmuth · · Ciales, PR · Joined Aug 2001 · Points: 1,406

Anyone in Boulder see or climb ice/neve on Silk Road this week?

Cold in RMNP and no ice forming, mostly sublimating w/ 0 to 3' of snow depending on where you go.

And no Squid or Jaws yet?

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,455

Hey Eli,

Did the silkroad a few days ago...
It was pretty damn thin, and all of the snow was
mostly loose. No good neve snow that I could find.

It may get better, but my guess is not. I suspect it
will all sublimate away with the current forecast.

There was many no falling zones. One useful piece of
gear was a whisk broom to dust off holds.
All the pitches required gloved crampon climbing.

I will say I found one (can you believe it?!) spot to
sink a stubby ice screw to the hilt... There was rock
gear near by though.

Cor

PS: Any word on conditions @ Loch Vale ice park?

Silk Road P1.

Silkroad P2.

John lewis · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 30

Did Lincoln today, like -5 with wind, ice is super hard and brittle a lot of dinner plates and some of the towers were pretty hollow. Enough holes already to just hook the whole way up though.

Eli Helmuth · · Ciales, PR · Joined Aug 2001 · Points: 1,406

Thanks for the beta Cor, looks good enough to try today and maybe some heat will lead to quick neve formation?
The word on Loch Vale this week from a friend: climbed Mo Flow than Go, as Crystal Meth and L of Lochluster don't seem to want to grow much. The ice was brittle and old.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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