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Jul 17, 2014
Pretty wet n' wild in CO this summer the post-monsoon should be epic... RobC2 Cotter
Joined Mar 9, 2009
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Jul 17, 2014
Yes!!! Let's do this! Alton R.
From Boulder, Co
Joined Jan 28, 2010
80 points
Jul 17, 2014
Just no. Not yet. GLD
Joined Jan 19, 2012
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Jul 17, 2014
might SoF be in around Thanksgiving? curious if late November might be an opportune time mark55401
From Minneapolis
Joined May 11, 2011
78 points
Jul 17, 2014
mark55401 wrote:
might SoF be in around Thanksgiving? curious if late November might be an opportune time

think it's usually a little earlier than that.
Bryan Gilmore
From New England
Joined Nov 7, 2005
870 points
Jul 31, 2014
Days are gettin' shorter...

RobC2 Cotter
Joined Mar 9, 2009
15 points
Jul 31, 2014
RobC2 wrote:
Days are gettin' shorter... BIF

And oh so wet. Fingers crossed this could be the year. haha as long as the potential El Nino doesn't cover it all.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
105 points
Jul 31, 2014
At the end of last season I began injecting Winstrol-V and Rodeo Bull testosterone…now adding insulin growth factor, HGH & peptides…spent most days this summer deadhanging on my axes yelling and screaming at my wife in fits of rage…has really helped our marriage. Ready for ice season. Jim Clarke
From Cottonwood Heights, UT
Joined Jun 3, 2009
10 points
Jul 31, 2014
I don't even live in Colorado, but the fact that this thread has already started brings me joy.

Scott Robertson
From Portland, OR
Joined Jun 11, 2002
50 points
Aug 1, 2014
About an inch or so fell on Mt. Evans last night according to a friend that lives around there. jon jugenheimer
From Madison
Joined Apr 24, 2006
1,105 points
Aug 27, 2014
From the Friends of CAIC facebook, a shot of Evans yesterday:

Joined Apr 21, 2014
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Aug 27, 2014
Found this avalanche deposition cone a few weeks ago. I went back with the pons and tools and got pumped silly bouldering in the ice cave and it even has a perfect gravel landing! I'm looking for partners to go back for some more fun, send me a PM. I kind of want to keep this a semi-secrete, but will hint that it is only a 15min walk from the 4WD road;)

Rock Climbing Photo: Avi-ice cave
Avi-ice cave
From Valdez, AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
2,030 points
Aug 27, 2014
Get a life! Peter Blank
From Grand Junction, Colorado
Joined May 17, 2008
160 points
Aug 30, 2014
Peter Blank wrote:
Get a life!

Haha! Sorry, I just couldn't resist trolling on a ice thread in July/Aug. Get a life suckas. It wasn't a complete lie, the ice cave is located here-

On another note.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me and the Lincoln Falls Ice Pixies.
Me and the Lincoln Falls Ice Pixies.

The Lincoln Falls Ice Pixies and I have left the dirty South for more ice and bling up North. This fall it's up to you fine folks of Colorado to do what ever you want with the plumbing up at LF. Most of it is stashed above the pillars area and there is also a submerged bucket and pipe above the Bowling Alley belay boulder that feeds the middle pillars area that needs to be cleaned out. Farming this area really improves the quality and number of climbs up there.
And for those that are looking for relief from the hordes of TRs. I cleaned and trundled about 700ft of climbing on the big rock buttress to the East of LF. The Windy Wall can actually be a reprieve from the strong Westerly winds that plague that area.

Have a great season:)
From Valdez, AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
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Sep 6, 2014
Any ideas on what the alpine ice is looking like? Evans black wall area perhaps? Was gonna hike out there and take a look but got tied up. Alex La.
From Colorado
Joined Dec 3, 2011
25 points
Sep 6, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Scraping a friend's photo of Grand Teton Labor Day...
Scraping a friend's photo of Grand Teton Labor Day weekend. The wettest year I can remember in CO looks like its setting up the wettest, fattest, earliest and best ice year in decades. Deadhangs and tool mobililty drills have begun.
Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
Joined Jun 16, 2009
330 points
Sep 6, 2014
Anyone seen the ptarmigan fingers recently? Jon E.
Joined Aug 12, 2011
25 points
Sep 9, 2014
As my mom used to say when I was but a wee lad, if you don't have anything good to say, shut yer gob... RobC2 Cotter
Joined Mar 9, 2009
15 points
Sep 10, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Fresh snow on Long's 9/10.
Fresh snow on Long's 9/10.

Snow overnight on Long's!
Dharma Bum
From Glen Haven, Co
Joined Jul 25, 2008
430 points
Sep 10, 2014
snowed on all the peaks..abasin, berthoud pass, pikes.

Good stuff.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
105 points
Sep 15, 2014
Some ice is trying to form in RMNP. Here's a photo of ice across from Timberline Falls trying to form up:

Rock Climbing Photo: Whispers of a new season.
Whispers of a new season.

Also, there were actually bits of ice on the ground at Loch Vale gorge, although it's just water on the cliffs.
Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
22,015 points
Sep 15, 2014
We were up on Pikes yesterday scratching around and ran into a team that had bailed on both TA and BA because the ice was too thin, soft, and chandeliery. With the weather for this week I imagine it will get worse by next weekend. The temps are barely dipping below freezing at night and there is very little water.

There has been a lot of perception of us having a "wet summer," but we are actually below normal for the year mostly statewide. We'll need more storms over the next month, but that would be unusual for our Indian Summer season. October is typically one of the driest months in Co. This is good though, since we can get down to business establishing some hard Scratch and Dangle routes without the distraction of all that Phat ice.

But, I'm an optimist. I believe things can get worse!
phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Joined Feb 23, 2005
630 points
Sep 20, 2014
pixie love

is lincoln in yet??
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
545 points
Sep 20, 2014
Is Martha in right now? Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2010
760 points
Sep 21, 2014
Yesterday we climbed an awesome 800' WI4 on Mt.Project! Was thin in spots, but mostly awesome!

See the double peak mountain up in the header of yer screen.. It comes down between the summits, FYI.
Joined Mar 6, 2006
930 points
Sep 21, 2014
The "Window Pain" on 9/13. Although not sure if it touched down. Only in my dreams could I climb something like that. Again, bravo Cooper and Donahue.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Window Pain - 9/13/14.
The Window Pain - 9/13/14.
Andy Nelson
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Joined Feb 6, 2013
293 points

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