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Dec 19, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Stairway to Heaven
Shadrock wrote:
Anybody been on Martha?


Right now any ice that might have formed is probably buried under a couple of feet of fresh snow. Plus more in the forecast.
Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
271 points
Dec 22, 2012
Martin le Roux wrote:
Right now any ice that might have formed is probably buried under a couple of feet of fresh snow. Plus more in the forecast.


Climbed at loch vale this past weekend, ice was thin in parts with some mixed lines, about 3 solid flows, went to hidden falls Fri, had the place to ourselves, mostly again a bit of mixed climbing to get onto the routes. Again only 3 lines with some super cool mixed sections. Awesone ice cave at the top with rappel anchors. Snow wasn't too bad, ankle deep with little to no Avy danger. Ice is a little chandliered and brittle
r.f
From colorado springs
Joined Sep 22, 2010
6 points
Dec 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Lamb's Slide
A few photos for Christmas week!

Fun on the West Gully (Dec 15): Deb tops out P1
Rock Climbing Photo: Deb tops out P1 of West Gully.
Deb tops out P1 of West Gully.


Our first time to Vail -- some really fun moderate ice!
Lance on Pumphouse Falls (Dec 17)

Rock Climbing Photo: Lance on Pumphouse Falls.
Lance on Pumphouse Falls.


John on Pitkin Falls (Dec 18)

Rock Climbing Photo: John on Pitkin Falls.
John on Pitkin Falls.


Yer gonna die!

Rock Climbing Photo: Yer Gonna Die!
Yer Gonna Die!
Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2010
237 points
Dec 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Lamb's Slide
Question: we headed out to Notchtop earlier in the week (Dec 15) to check out Notchtop's North Face or Grace Falls. Turns out we were wallowing in drifts and only made it to Helene Lake. The North Face was pretty well covered in snow:
Rock Climbing Photo: Notchtop North face.
Notchtop North face.


If we had snowshoes, we would have considered the approach to Grace Falls; however, it's not clear to me from the route description and photos where it is exactly. The candidate ice we saw below the North Face were these:

Rock Climbing Photo: Icefall below Notchtop N face.
Icefall below Notchtop N face.


Rock Climbing Photo: Ice below Notchtop N Face -- Grace Falls?
Ice below Notchtop N Face -- Grace Falls?


Since these were the only decent ice falls that were visible, I'm guessing one is Grace Falls, probably the one that looks more like a waterfall and less like a slab?
Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2010
237 points
Dec 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: J TREE
North Face of Notchtop would be a death route for the foreseeable future.

it's a fall route as in winter continual winds deposit snow on the slopes.....

All it needs is a trigger...

Pretty much like Lee said too about Ten Mile Canyon......

People have died in there climbing ice, and some have lived....all tossed off by avalanches.
Jim Amidon
Joined Jun 12, 2001
945 points
Dec 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Imaginate
rcky mtn high, how were avy conditions on West Gully in the park?

Is the park buried under alot of snow now? I was thinking of doing West Gully on Christmas day.
David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
350 points
Dec 24, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Easy Lieback
Anybody been to Hidden Falls recently? The last few posts about it are from a couple of weeks back. Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 14, 2009
206 points
Dec 24, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Lamb's Slide
David Appelhans wrote:
rcky mtn high, how were avy conditions on West Gully in the park? Is the park buried under alot of snow now? I was thinking of doing West Gully on Christmas day.


We climbed the West Gully a week ago, and as you can see from the photo I posted on the 16th (previously in this thread), avy conditions weren't bad above West Gully, mostly wind scoured, rather than wind loaded. Since then the Park has received additional snow, and I'd guess you can even ski up to Black Lake, which makes for a wonderfully quick descent. It's also been really windy up there, needless to say, so it's possibly that the wind loading and additional snow has increased the avy danger. Of course, there's only one way to find out for sure, but my guess is that it would be worth the trip up there and that it is still climbable.

Merry Christmas, and climb safely!
John
Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Joined Apr 14, 2010
237 points
Dec 25, 2012
Rocky_Mtn_High wrote:
Question: we headed out to Notchtop earlier in the week (Dec 15) to check out Notchtop's North Face or Grace Falls. Turns out we were wallowing in drifts and only made it to Helene Lake. The North Face was pretty well covered in snow: If we had snowshoes, we would have considered the approach to Grace Falls; however, it's not clear to me from the route description and photos where it is exactly. The candidate ice we saw below the North Face were these: Since these were the only decent ice falls that were visible, I'm guessing one is Grace Falls, probably the one that looks more like a waterfall and less like a slab?

I agree that pic #3 is Grace Falls, but it is far smaller than its possible max size. Pic #2 I saw on 21 Dec and don't remember seeing that ever before, but it is huge. Looks like fun, though. And agreed, N Face of Notchtop is a death trap, the upper slopes are really wind loaded.
Rodney Ley
Joined Oct 13, 2003
54 points
Dec 26, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Thats Me
Ouray? Silverton? clay meier
Joined Dec 24, 2008
386 points
Dec 26, 2012
Silverton stuff was looking great a few weeks ago...not that it matters currently

avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc_a...
jselwyn
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Jan 15, 2011
40 points
Dec 26, 2012
The Ouray area is very dry. Very little climbable ice outside of the park. The park itself is very thin/unconsolidated. OK top-roping but almost nothing in leadable shape yet.

A few of the routes I looked at:
  • Ribbon & Birdbrain: no ice at all
  • Skylight: super-thin and wet; not protectable
  • Choppo's: same

And a few others I've been told about but have not seen:
  • Bridalveil: very thin, apparently not getting much if any action
  • Ames Ice Hose: not in
  • Whorehouse: in
Eric and Lucie
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 14, 2004
167 points
Dec 28, 2012
Is Redstone still dry? Kevin Jansen
Joined Jan 24, 2012
0 points
Dec 28, 2012
There is some ice around Redstone. Tomato Chimney is in and has a trail almost to the base. Lots of the ephemeral routes are trying to come in. Marble falls is still too thin to be safe. Did not look at Avacado Gully or Redstone Pillar. People are climbing at Hays. Ben Collett
Joined Mar 15, 2006
1,268 points
Dec 28, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering in Morocco.
Anyone have a report on The Cables Route?? Also anyone been up dreamweaver recently? Ryan-Nelson
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Sep 22, 2010
821 points
Dec 28, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun Times
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
Timmy Foulkes
Joined Jan 17, 2011
26 points
Dec 29, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: me on my redpoint
aside from being fucking arctic, -10 today, ice in vail is forming up nice Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2007
213 points
Dec 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
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. Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Dec 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: me on my redpoint
both hidden falls and glenwood falls looked fat when I drove through today Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2007
213 points
Dec 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun Times
That's great news guys. Thanks for the info. Timmy Foulkes
Joined Jan 17, 2011
26 points
Dec 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: At the BRC
Silverplume in good condition. Nice and sunny today. Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Joined Nov 29, 2007
517 points
Dec 30, 2012
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. MarcDurant
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 5, 2009
21 points
Dec 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain Bandito
Rock Climbing Photo: Just after the French pillar collapsed. People sti...
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. I’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.
Taylor-B.
From Valdez, AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
3,101 points
Dec 31, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Hip trouble ...
Bridalveil Falls near Telluride, 12/26/2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Bridalveil Falls, 12/26/2012
Bridalveil Falls, 12/26/2012
George Bell
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
6,025 points
Dec 31, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: I will do almost anything to stay out of one... ev...
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. Tammy Payne
Joined Jun 14, 2011
238 points


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