The 2014-2015 Colorado Ice Conditions Thread


Andy Hansen · · Longmont, Colorado · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 2,303

Vail Conditions:

The Fang is not in. No surprise there. But it's forming up and I suspect it will be in again this season.

7th Tentacle/Frigid/Cupcake are all in and have ice. Frigid is thin 5+ and would make for an exciting lead. But, there is ice.

Rigid Dez is in but very cauliflowered. Probably more than a third of the route from the ground up is large petals of 6" ice. The top looks to be in decent shape.

Spiral is in and kicked out but still fun. Secret Probation needs a bit more time to make a nice lead. Boxed In (to the left of Spiral Staircase) is about M5 WI4+ and quite nice with good stems on ice.

Slabutt is in good shape. 4/4- on very hard ice.

Theo Barker · · Loveland, CO · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 110

Coors Lite conditions in Clear Creek Canyon, 30 Dec 2014.

Conditions on Coors Lite P2, 30 Dec 2014.

Coors Lite conditions, 30 Dec 2014.

Ryan Moorhead · · colorado springs, CO · Joined May 2013 · Points: 5
Just Solo · · Colorado Springs · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 80
Ryan Moorhead wrote:
Looks to be in nicely... Now, I need to find some time!
Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425

Overflow - RMNP is "in", but not worth the walk. The cold and snow created a climb of dinnerplates and hard ice. Postholing past mills lake (snowshoes!) up to the climb, the expect multiple swings to get to "ok" ice with most of it majorly de-laminating. Few more storms and it will be covered. That being said it's a great place to go and destroy some ice.

Addition...there is a pretty wild flow formed over mills lake though. Lots of curtains coming down both sides of the bulge. I would imagine the ice is the same quality however.

Flex · · Flagstaff, AZ · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 605

Here's some recent pics from the last few days.

Ames Ice Hose

Bridal Veil

Gravity's Rainbow
We climbed Gravity's on New Years's Day and it was in great shape with 2 independent lines to 3/4 height. Terrible rats nest of rap anchors, this route could really use some bolted rap stations.

Martin Barnett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 95

Rifle Mountian Park ice condition - 1/4/15

Rifle ice

Rifle ice

Rifle ice

Rifle ice

Kristi Brackett · · Longmont, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 170
leenamcmurphy wrote:Any news on glenwood canyon ice?
Wyatt and I climbed Glenwood Falls yesterday, here are a few pics.
Glenwood Falls

Glenwood Falls

Glenwood Falls
leenamcmurphy · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 0

Headed to curecanti wilderness area this week. Anyone know if there's a decent boot pack for any of the climbs or are skis/ snowshoes really that necessary as we have neither....

Briggs · · Vernal, UT · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 35

Any beta on conditions in Parachute?

tom bohanon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 110

Does anyone have any beta on current conditions in the Lake City area? Specifically, we are wondering about the Sherman climb, or other long routes in the area.

GLD · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 89
tom bohanon wrote:Does anyone have any beta on current conditions in the Lake City area? Specifically, we are wondering about the Sherman climb, or other long routes in the area.
I just added beta photos to both pages of Sherman and the unnamed further up. They both look fat from the road and the unnamed route was indeed fat in person.
Paul-B · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 115

Was up at Chautaqua today, The Silk Road is looking pretty good. Sorry, did not have a camera. Would want to get on it super early in the morning (or moonlight) as the warm days a making it kick ice off constantly.

Yak-trax would be super helpful at the moment.

doug haller · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Jun 2005 · Points: 468

Seeking update on conditions for Kieners. Has anyone been up to the Diamond recently? What is the snow like on Lamb's Slide?

Thanks in advance.
D

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425
doug haller wrote:What is the snow like on Lamb's Slide? D
Not specific, but snow conditions are generally pretty sketchy across colorado right now. It hasn't dropped below moderate in two weeks and with wind, freezing rain, and snow things are NOT improving. Be safe!!!
Jon H · · MD/DC · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 123

With the sketchy snowpack going on right now, are there any safer routes in the Ouray backcountry? All the classics I can think of are all pretty threatened by avalanche danger.

Highlander · · Ouray, CO · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 255

Probably safer to stay at the Boulder Rock Club..... lol.

I will just say most things are getting climbed, know what slopes are wind loaded. And there are lots of classic climbs in Ouray that are in that rarely get climbed.

Jon H wrote:With the sketchy snowpack going on right now, are there any safer routes in the Ouray backcountry? All the classics I can think of are all pretty threatened by avalanche danger.
CCChanceR Ronemus · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 125

Eh everything on the north side of camp bird is solid, and the talisman is getting done a lot.

Scott McMahon · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,425
Highlander wrote:Probably safer to stay at the Boulder Rock Club.....
Nice Micah quote. :o)
WadeM · · Golden, Co · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 280

Silk road is gone

Tried to climb it last night and everything was pretty much delaminated

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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