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The 2012-13 Colorado Ice Conditions Thread


Jason Maki · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 95

Good view of the crux on Hallett Chimney. Nothing but wet, classic dry tooling as far as the eye can see!

Hallett Chimney, 06-15-2013.
Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 564

Did anybody happen to climb/see Skywalker on S Arapaho recently? One of my kids is interested in climbing it with me this week.

seth0687 · · Fort Collins · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 375

Did skywalker a couple days ago. I'd recommend starting up the apron by 7am at the latest. Any later and the upper half will be baked and insecure towards the top. Couple small "schunds" to pass towards the top as well.

All in all it's probably still in good condition.

Seth

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 564

Skywalker was great yesterday, styrofoam snow all the way. First sunhit on last pitch about 8:50. Direct finish well covered. Bottom half was soft but easily climbable as late as 1 PM.

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425
Mark E Dixon wrote:Skywalker was great yesterday, styrofoam snow all the way. First sunhit on last pitch about 8:50. Direct finish well covered. Bottom half was soft but easily climbable as late as 1 PM.
Thanks Mark, I was eyeballing it on Tuesday and couldn't tell from a distance about the exits.
J1. · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 790

Runnel yet? Skiable?

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

I took these Tuesday afternoon.

Skywalker 1.

Skywalker 2.
J1. · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 790

Thanks for posting those pics Scott.. Looks like spring ski season is over..

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425
J1. wrote:Thanks for posting those pics Scott.. Looks like spring ski season is over..
I think there is still time! Jasper and the surrounding slopes still had alot of snow. There are still plenty of chutes and slopes left to do, but as everyone has stated get up in the middle of the night.

Two weeks ago I was skinning up at the Brainard / Aududon area and it was knee to thigh deep, but sloppy at 6ish.

These are also Tuesday.

IPW, 6/25.

IPW 2, 6/25.

Audubon / Toll 6/8

Brainard Lake, 6/8/13.
J1. · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 790

NICE!! Ya, Ive been eying Toll from town and it still looks pretty good..
I'm guessing the road is open by now ??

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

Road is open, haha I think I was one of the last few to have to bike it. Really LOTS to get after and the big bowls are full, although I'd proceed with some caution from the heat. Looks like a good icy fall hopefully!

Fritz for inspiration..

makingturns.com/

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

Skywalker is melting out fast. Both the left and right lower aprons were almost completly melted out in just about 5 days. Snow was hard neve' on the lower half (harder than expected), then melted out quick on the upper half. One constriction was about 4 ft. wide and we punched through to water.

Still climbable but with these temps and constant rain its going fast.

Me looking like a goober..

Skywalker, 7/4/13.
Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

Any idea on the conditions on Queens Way/ Apache Couloir area? I know with the heat and rain things are dimishing quickly.

Daxman · · Avon, CO · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 10

Anybody know of current snow conditions on the Loft? and or Mills glacier? We are looking to climb stettners ledges and walk off on the loft. Curious if we will need crampons and axe's for approach and walk off. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!!

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

Isn't it time to kill this thread......

Almost a year old.......

Hey it's almost August again, high time for ice routes to be forming, maybe someone else would like to have their name on a thread about ice climbing in August.....

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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