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2015-16 Colorado Ice Conditions


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RobC2 Cotter · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 240
Eric Klammer · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 2,075

And so it begins! Woohoo!

The Blueprint Part Dank · · FEMA Region VIII · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 460

STOP. Collaborate and listen.

Ice.

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

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 96

Isn't that the cousin of the artist Snow? They'd make a good pair. Add in a little Flavor Flav and you've got a tasty treat!

michael voth · · Ft. Collins, CO · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

ahh yes ive been waiting for this.

Alton R. · · Boulder, Co · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 160
Dougald MacDonald wrote:NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aww, c'mon Dougald, you know ya want to climba da ice!
Dougald MacDonald · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2002 · Points: 750
Alton R. wrote: Aww, c'mon Dougald, you know ya want to climba da ice!
Well, it IS true that October and November are my favorite months of ice season. You could say they are the ONLY months of my ice season. So, yeah, bring it on!
Rick McL · · Arvada CO · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 50

Time to fire it up. The Black Wall Gully probably has ice in it.

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Brendan Magee · · Parker, CO · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 0

Bump to follow.

Igneous · · Estes Park, CO · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 20

Climbed the little snow gully to the right of Tyndall Glacier today, and got a few sticks in. Here's a write up if anyone's interested:
calebrobertjohnson.blogspot…

At least it helped get the calves in shape for when the ice really gets here.

Jonathan White · · highlands ranch, co · Joined Aug 2005 · Points: 100

There is no ice in the black wall gully as of this morning. Plenty of water flowing over the routes thought so it won't be long.

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

Holy shit, it's in!!!

MTruelove · · Fort CollIins · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 0

What is in???

Cor · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 1,460

Ice! In grocery stores nationwide, right now!

The Blueprint Part Dank · · FEMA Region VIII · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 460
Cor wrote:Holy shit, it's in!!!
Knowing Cor he's probably already found some secret stash WI5 R that's vaguely in and done an onsight seasonal FA
Gilroy · · Boulderado · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 1,005
The Blueprint Part Dank wrote: Knowing Cor he's probably already found some secret stash WI5 R that's vaguely in and done an onsight seasonal FA
3x... with different partners.
RobC2 Cotter · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 240
Kevin Gillest · · Arvada, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 2,310

Climbed Alexanders on Longs with Carl P Sept 20th 2015
- Conditions were mixed, very little ice until above the Chockstone
- Daytime temps on the route were about 35-40F
- No other ice visable on any other routes
- Still a few people on the Diamond freezing their a**es off
- We added carabiners to numerous rappels, descent is good to go
- Set one stubby screw on P5 only

Pitch 2, not much ice.
Pitch 2, not much ice

Pitch 4, not much ice.
Pitch 4, not much ice

Pitch 5, above the chockstone.
Pitch 5, above the Chockstone

phil wortmann · · Colorado Springs, Co. · Joined Feb 2005 · Points: 735

PIKES UPDATE:
As of two weeks ago, TA and BA were pretty dry, save a half inch of verglas. However, the nights have been warm the last two weeks so I suspect even that's gone now. TA has a descent flow so its possible it may come in this year.

Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 661
Kevin Gillest wrote:Climbed Alexanders on Longs with Carl P Sept 20th 2015 - Conditions were mixed, very little ice until above the Chockstone - Daytime temps on the route were about 35-40F - No other ice visable on any other routes - Still a few people on the Diamond freezing their a**es off - We added carabiners to numerous rappels, descent is good to go - Set one stubby screw on P5 only Pitch 2, not much ice Pitch 4, not much ice Pitch 5, above the Chockstone
Kevin, how hard was the route? I will be visiting CO next week and looking to climb something on October 2 or 3 (or both). I've only just started into the world of alpine mixed routes, and have only lead up to M3. I was thinking this route would be good to push my grade a but but I would be hesitant if it is harder than M4.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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