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By Kevin Gillest
From Arvada, CO
Sep 17, 2012
Garrett Gillest at Zappa Wall Escalante Canyon, age 5

For at least the last 10 years, mid-Sept/early Oct would roll around and I would get an email from Jack Roberts about what have I heard, have I climbed anything yet, Necro, Fields, Alexanders, Smear, Pikes...

This year looks like we are all be on our own to do all of those approaches, instead of emailing Jack. Jack Roberts was CO ice climbing at its finest, always knew who got the seasonal FA, who had climbed what that season, and always let you know that your hopeful FA was already climbed.

Jack we all miss you!

Almost forgot, anybody seen anything yet?


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By Jon Miller on the WS
Sep 17, 2012

Nothing in the Telluride region yet. Thanks for bringing it up. Missing Jack big time!


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 17, 2012
Bocan

Thanks for posting up a rememberance for Jack.

It was always nice running into him at the crag, and was always tough to hide my admiration.


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By Paul Gagner
Sep 17, 2012

I miss Jack a lot ... and taking our tools for walks in the Park.....

Paul


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Sep 18, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

Drove up to Blue Lakes near Breckenridge this evening and there was substantial ice on North Star! Its been cold and windy up here in Summit County.


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By Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Sep 19, 2012
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.

Jack was awesome.
RMNP is dry as a bone & w/ humidity @ <10% and no new snow below 12...little above.
Loooooooong time before we'll see much good ice forming up there- hope to be wrong!?! Climbed thousands of feet of ice in Peru this month and it's still great conditions- recommend flying down there and getting in a full winter (RMNP)season in a week or two of high altitude ice or hit the warm cliffs and enjoy a few more months of beautiful CO rock season.


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By Dougald MacDonald
Sep 21, 2012

Jack Roberts, Total Abandon.
Jack Roberts, Total Abandon.


Speaking of early season ice with Jack Roberts, here's a photo of Jack from a cold day in October 2009 on Total Abandon, Pikes Peak. With the snow Pikes got last week, people have been climbing up there; I know Blind Assumption got done, but it could well be gone by now with the warmer weather.


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By erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Sep 21, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good

Total Abandon.
Total Abandon.

Total Abandon on 9/17/12. Blind Assumption isnt in yet as a pure ice line. Needs a couple more weeks. A variation called Blind Luck goes around the chockstones-chimneys on the route at M6/7. Cheers.


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By Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
Sep 21, 2012

I was fortunate enough to spend a long day out in the Park with Jack a few winters back... a nicer guy I've yet to meet.

Still, part of the adventure is going up there and walking about. Go for a power-hike with a pair of binocs after work one day. Do we really need the "conditions" report? How about a "early seasons mixed climbing alpine adventure stoke" thread with lots of pics instead.


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By willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Sep 22, 2012
I was pretty bummed when they didn't greenlight my "Bourne Identity" style reboot of The Eiger Sanction. This was from the rough draft's first act.

It still feels like summer down here. But last weekend on Longs it was freezing balls cold. So, go figure, I'm in for some real surprises for my first Front Range winter. Ah well, stoke is high.

Anyone here from the South Platte area? When does the stuff there like Wildcat Canyon start forming?


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By Kevin Gillest
From Arvada, CO
Sep 24, 2012
Garrett Gillest at Zappa Wall Escalante Canyon, age 5

Total Abandon 9/23/2012, appears to have grown considerably in a week compared to Eric's picture. No doubt still growing, slightly wet through the 2nd pitch.

Carl Pluim following P2 Total Abandon Pike's Peak.
Carl Pluim following P2 Total Abandon Pike's Peak.


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Sep 24, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

Mt. Evans 1st Apron and the West Buttress both contained good mixed climbing the other day, with substantial ice on every pitch and growing.

Drink one or a few for Jack and Theo Meiners(avi guru).

1st Apron.
1st Apron.


West Buttress.
West Buttress.


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By erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Sep 24, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good

Hey Kevin, did you guys drop a glove yesterday? We have it... Put up a new mixed line to the left of TA. Toga Party, WI3 M5. Fun times!

Phil on the 3rd pitch of Toga Party.
Phil on the 3rd pitch of Toga Party.


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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Sep 24, 2012
Mt. Churchill, University Range

It's good to see other "Crazies" swinging the tools so early in the season. We're not that crazy.


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By Kevin Gillest
From Arvada, CO
Sep 24, 2012
Garrett Gillest at Zappa Wall Escalante Canyon, age 5

Eric, not our gloves! Did you set a rap anchor on Toga Party? 2 pitches?


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By Kevin Craig
Sep 26, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Yep, missing Jack big-time. I keep reflexively thinking I'll give him a call or drop him an e-mail to see if he wants to go scouting for ice. :^( Good to hear that Pikes is hosting some good early season ascents though. Bummed that I'm tied up the next two weekends. :^(((


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