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By john sims
From Fort Collins, CO
Aug 16, 2014
Photo of me in the  in the Winds
Anyone know what the snow is like on the Y couloir on Ypsilon? Are the cornices still up?

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By Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
Aug 16, 2014
Living the High Life.
^^^^^
Upper forks of Y Couloir as of 8/4. Snow looks ok with cornices still present but manageable?
As of 8/4.
As of 8/4.





Spectacle Lakes basin from the lower Blitzen, 8/4. What a place.
The approach..
The approach..



Up close.
Up close.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 16, 2014
Bocan
August and still cornices? wow. Gonna be a good year guys!

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By john sims
From Fort Collins, CO
Aug 17, 2014
Photo of me in the  in the Winds
Thanks for the photos and info andy. Its amazing that they are still up sp late this year.

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By TheYooper
Aug 17, 2014
Long's Peak and the Boulder Field
john sims wrote:
Thanks for the photos and info andy. Its amazing that they are still up sp late this year.


Oh, what up J Sims? You need to get out to the Western Slope to bag some late summer peaks.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 25, 2014
Bocan
Anybody been up to the Navajo / Apache snowfields lately? Looks pretty continuous, but i'm curios if it's going over to alpine ice yet and if it's not is it worth skiing / boarding. I don't wanna hump my deck back to find nothing but sastrugi and black ice.

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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Sep 25, 2014
Lamb's Slide
A friend climbed up there last weekend and had this to say about Queen's Way couloir:
This late in the season, beneath a 1 inch layer of newish snow was bullet hard alpine ice. The top layer would just slough off the bottom layer. It was like walking up sand dunes.


Apache-Navajo circuit.  Photo by Jason K.
Apache-Navajo circuit.

Photo by Jason K.


Queen's Way Couloir.  Photo by Jason K.
Queen's Way Couloir.

Photo by Jason K.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 25, 2014
Bocan
oh man thanks. haha climbing yes, but I think i like my life a little more than that to ski it. Unless I wanna go 90mph with no turns.

Bottle rocket for sure.

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By Maximilian Ritter
Sep 26, 2014
Anyone been up towards lambs slide recently?

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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Sep 27, 2014
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect ...
Maximilian Ritter wrote:
Anyone been up towards lambs slide recently?



Still good snow as of today. Some ice towards the sides and plenty of rocks in the snow though. Quick and easy climbing, wouldn't want to ski it.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 28, 2014
Bocan
Yeah I was being hoepful and silly to think riding was good and safe in apart October. Haha I know but but the jones is happening

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By Maximilian Ritter
Sep 29, 2014
Thanks Eric, too choppy to ski or what?

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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Sep 29, 2014
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect ...
Maximilian Ritter wrote:
Thanks Eric, too choppy to ski or what?



Choppy/cupped, lots of rock, small patches of ice here and there. Who knows though, after the next couple days of weather it might have a nice fresh layer on top!

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By Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Sep 29, 2014
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.
Lambslide and lower east face of Long's, 9/26/14.
Lambslide and lower east face of Long's, 9/26/14.

Looked like an inch of snow covering Longs and Meeker this morning down to 12k from last night's storm. Forecast is for a few more inches the next 24hrs up there so sloughing could happen and it seems warm enough that bonding could be good between old and new snow layers.

Kieners was in good shape w/ neve snow and AI2 in Lambslide, loose rock entering Broadway, dry to the summit with 1-2" of snow and some ice covering 50% of the North Face descent and 5.4 rappel pitch (50m) covered w/1" ice.

It's relatively warm up there at the moment and not not a cold storm so ice formation may be minimal and this could just be an extra shot of snow to melt into ice in the near future?

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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Oct 6, 2014
Lamb's Slide
Ptarmigan Fingers couloir snow was surprisingly solid. We went up expecting mostly ice, but the wind crust on top of a foot (+/-) of consolidated snow made for excellent step kicking. I didn't notice significant crystallization or depth hoar (yet!), so apparently the night temps are not yet cold enough to cause a large temperature gradiant across the snowpack, or else the snow was simply too fresh.

Ptarmigan Fingers 05 Oct 2014. We went up to the l...
Ptarmigan Fingers 05 Oct 2014.
We went up to the left.



Steve ascends firm snow on a Ptarmigan Finger coul...
Steve ascends firm snow on a Ptarmigan Finger couloir.

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By Christopher.D.Thomas
Oct 7, 2014
Washburn's Thumb, Denali.
Went up the same route on Monday, 6 October 2014. Fantastic climbing!

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