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Crux Ice pitch H&E

Crux Ice pitch H&E

Mark D. : AK - Ruth Gorge Trip 2012

Feb 5, 2013

Nick on Peak 11,300 mixed pitch

Nick on Peak 11,300 mixed pitch

Mark D. : AK - Ruth Gorge Trip 2012

Feb 5, 2013

H&E  <br />

H&E

Mark D. : AK - Ruth Gorge Trip 2012

Feb 5, 2013

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge : The Hourglass Couloir (M4 Mod. Snow)
By: Mark D. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: Climbed the Hourglass on June 1. Conditions were great. This is a very nice route. Definitely the best mixed line I have climbed in the Park. Approach took about 3 hours on hard snow. We were able to walk across Solitude Lake. Coming out was punchy but doable without flotation. The ice pitch was in great shape! The chockstones on P1 were tricky, and pro was a little scarce.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : The Flying Dutchman (5.4 WI2-3)
By: Mark D. When: Oct 2, 2012

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Comments: Descended this route on Saturday September 29, 2012 after climbing Lamb's Slide and scoping Alexander's. AC was not quite in. Just snow over rock. Lamb's Slide had a nice 3 inches or so on top of the bullet hard ice to give a little purchase and rest potential. We ended up doing three raps from the choke at the top of the ice down past some of the steeper rock steps. After that, it was possible to downclimb, and there was enough snow to kick a step in. Ice is forming at the top of the Dutc... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb : North Summit Direct (5.8)
By: Mark D. When: Apr 21, 2010

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Comments: I thought that was a pretty killer route. We aren't climbing on Chamonix granite here so for the location I think that 2.5 stars is dead on. No one will have a bad time on this line. Realizing, of course, the grade and the fact that it doesn't see a ton of action. One star sounds like something not really worth doing unless you have a lot of time on your hands and have done everything better. It was my second Sandia route and i don't look down on it after doing Warpy or Procrastination.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Silverton : Eureka : Stairway to Heaven (WI4)
By: Mark D. When: Apr 21, 2010

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Comments: This is a great route! Maybe it was the day, but when you have 300 meters of fat ice in mid April things are pretty good. T-shirt weather and sticky placements. Still steep though on Pitch 1, 3, 5.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Upper East Face : Kiener's Route (5.3 Easy Snow)
By: Mark D. When: Sep 24, 2007

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Comments: Climbed Kiener's on Saturday under perfect weather conditions. Found patches of snow on Broadway so we roped up for most of it. Lamb's Slide was the crux with bullet proof ice and we decided to simul/pitch it out. Kiener's was fantastic and we just made our way up as direct and easy as possible - simuling most of it. The top pitch was a bit tricky as I don't believe we were on route. 15 hours car-to-car decending the Keyhole route. Ice on the Cable, ice starting to form in Alexander's and ... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Dark Star (probably not Rig... (WI3+ M5-)
By: Mark D. When: Jul 2, 2007

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Comments: Looked like some tracks up this route on Sunday afternoon. What are conditions like? Any ice?


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Martha (5.6 WI2+ M2-3)
By: Mark D. When: May 1, 2006

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Comments: Climbed Martha on Sunday April 30th. Great conditions...seemed to be the best ice option in the cirque area. Took about 2.5 hours from Chasm Lake up and down. We free-soloed the entire route. Trail Conditions - Snow melted out quickly from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. No flotation required or efficient at this point.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge : Black Lake - West Gully (WI4)
By: Mark D. When: Apr 18, 2006

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Comments: Skied up to Black Lake on Saturday...windy and snowing but not ridiculusly cold. W. Gully looked good. I climbed the slabs which were thick and blue. Trail is starting to melt out but there is much snow past Mills Lake. The winter cut-off is still in good shape.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Dreamweaver (M2-3)
By: Mark D. When: May 19, 2003

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Comments: Dreamweaver this past Friday and it was a complete snow climb except for three short rock chimneys. We did not use crampons, ropes or pro and it took about 3.5 hours to summit from our tent in the Meeker Cirque. Upon our hike out Saturday afternoon we noticed that the snow pack was diminishing greatly above treeline. My impression was that avalanche danger is not too bad as long as you are off the steep angles by mid-afternoon. Alpine Ice should start forming if the sunny, dry days persist. ... more >>


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