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Member Since: Jan 2, 2003
Last Visit: Mar 7, 2005
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Page Improvements = 3

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Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Ouray (Ice/Mixed) > Camp Bird Road > The Ribbon (WI4)
By: Matt Ledges When: Mar 1, 2005

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Comments: Seems more in shape now than the last couple years. A bit of a hook fest. Not as challenging as it appears, but definitely worth waiting for. Barely any exposed rock on the entire route. Took 16s and 19s all the way up.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Bear Lake Trailheads > Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... > Nymph Lake
By: Matt Ledges When: Jan 15, 2005

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Comments: Not much happening at Nymph Lake. Lots of snow and a couple icicles on 'on the otherhand', otherwise dry. So we wallowed up to the nearby Olympic Games area. After a scramble through waist deep powder we were rewarded with a nice variety of moderate and mixed lines. Main curtain on right not in yet, but plenty of options for a stiff workout. M7+ here for starters.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Silverton > Eureka > Stairway to Heaven (WI4)
By: Matt Ledges When: Feb 16, 2004

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Comments: Tim and I finally sent this one on the 14th after being turned back last December. Everything came together, just one of those days...Blue sky, warm, no wind, quality ice, first party (of three) on the route. Snowshoes were helpful, though there wasn't much of the white stuff on the route. P1 starting to get a bit hacked out. P3 was the crux, felt like 4+. Could only get one good screw 8 feet into the 40 foot vertical start to the right. Lefthand start per Jack was the same. A bit chendel... more >>

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Blue Mesa (near Gunnison) > South Rim
By: Matt Ledges When: Jan 18, 2004

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Comments: On our trip here on 12/13/03 we noticed a land for sale sign along the pullout road. Not sure what this will do for access issues in the future.We nevertheless kept a low profile and didn't have any problems.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Tenmile Canyon aka Officer'...
By: Matt Ledges When: Nov 14, 2003

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Comments: Climbed Round The Corner today with Tim and Nick. Touches down. Start is a pseudopillar, then opens up a little. Chandelier ice most of the way. Psych pro only first 35 feet. Stiff lead (for me), but recommended. Felt like 4+/5-. Easy approach right now, 6-10 inches of fresh stuff on the ground. No slide risk as of today. Keep the snow shoes in the basement for a few more days, but recommend ski poles to pick your way through the rocky approach.

Shroud is a long way from coming in, just... more >>

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Eldora
By: Matt Ledges When: Nov 7, 2003

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Comments: Not surprisingly, Hessie is bone dry. Cold, two inches of snow on the ground, a few icicles forming on dome. Will need big snowfalls...

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq...
By: Matt Ledges When: Nov 4, 2003

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Comments: As a sidebar to Tim's posting, we spoke with a ranger when we got back to our car that evening and he told us that the day before, one of the wranglers was walking a few of his horses back from the hut on the narrow trail that skirts Mt Lady Wash, near Columbine Falls, when some "statue-sized" pieces of ice came down without warning, hitting him in the head and knocking several animals off the trail. A couple hours later he made it back to the ranger station and began acting "inappropriate" and... more >>

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Clear Creek Canyon - Ice > Little Eiger area - ice > Mickey's Big Mouth (WI2-3)
By: Matt Ledges When: Jan 12, 2003

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Comments: Had a surprisingly good afternoon here today. It's about as good as this climb ever gets. While it rings in at about 2+, there's a great mixed route to the left with several variations, just a veneer of ice for 25-30 ft, that ranks at a M5. Recommended before it gets too warm. As of today, this is the only bit of climbable ice in the canyon.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Wild Basin > Hidden Falls
By: Matt Ledges When: Jan 9, 2003

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Comments: The left flow is in, the center flow is nice and fat up the middle, but VERY chopped out, the right flow needs some more time. A few challenging mixed starts on the left and right of the main flow got us pumped early.

Had a great day here on the 01/07, but the main flow has seen a lot of traffic. A solid WI4 with a reasonable lead but solid screw placements are becoming scarce between all the steps and pockets.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Tenmile Canyon aka Officer'... > Three Tiers (WI2+)
By: Matt Ledges When: Jan 2, 2003

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Comments: Climbed this one yesterday. Although the snow was coming down there was very little accumulating high up. Avalanche conditions that day were minimal to non-existant. The second tier has formed up rather nicely - fat and blue. If you stay to the left here its a solid WI3 for about 70ft.

Also walked by the Shroud and the left side is about as fat as it ever gets for this time of year, the center curtain is touching down in several spots and the right looks solid. Didn't see anyone else the... more >>

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