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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Jul 8, 2014
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect rock at a nice relaxed angle!

Andy Hansen wrote:
With the bridge out, how did you approach to Blitzen?



You can also head upstream a couple of hundred feet to find a perfect downed tree that spans the entire creek. Super solid, pretty wide, very easy.

Did Blitzen this Monday, perhaps my most fun day in the park ever! Definitely get on it!


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By Dan Vinson
Jul 15, 2014

Bump.

How are Indian Peaks looking? Specifically, Arapahoe Peaks traverse?

Can you drive to 4th of July TH?

Much appreciated!


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By Eliot Augusto
From Boulder, CO
Jul 15, 2014

Dan Vinson wrote:
Bump. How are Indian Peaks looking? Specifically, Arapahoe Peaks traverse? Can you drive to 4th of July TH? Much appreciated!


You'll have to cross some water up on Arapahoe Pass. The 4th is open and busy. Ridgelines are dry and there was a good amount of snow around Diamond Lake. But it was great!


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By Jonny d
Jul 15, 2014

Anyone do Solitude Lake Cirque Traverse recently?


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By David Vizcaino
Jul 17, 2014

Hows the Maroon Bells Four Pass loop looking? Were heading up early august and some insight would be nice. Thanks!


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By doug haller
From Boulder, Colorado
Jul 18, 2014
Recent pict

Trail Conditions into Spearhead?
Has anyone made the hike?
Rumor has it that downed trees and other debris slow the approach.


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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2014
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect rock at a nice relaxed angle!

Also on the topic of Spearhead, anyone done the North Ridge yet? Totally dry, good to go?


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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Jul 18, 2014
Manning face

doug haller wrote:
Trail Conditions into Spearhead? Has anyone made the hike? Rumor has it that downed trees and other debris slow the approach.


It's seriously no big deal. A bit of a snowfield up to the E face, but the routes are all dry (especially the N Ridge)

Like, if the snow on Spearhead was a football team, it would be the Oakland Raiders, and Brock Osweiler would play the second half.


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By jon weekley
From Denver, Co
Jul 18, 2014
avocado gully

Did North Ridge yesterday. Trail is in good shape, but it was really wet from a week of rain. The route was wet in spots from rain the previous day, and the moss was holding more moisture than I've ever seen. It's the slippery kind.
When it rained on us for the last pitch the moss (everywhere) was about as useful as verglas.
A dude doing the GG traverse reported to us similarly slimy conditions.


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By Eric Klammer
From Boulder, CO
6 days ago
Heading up the best pitches of the route. Perfect rock at a nice relaxed angle!

Any recent updates on Kieners route? Just wondering if it has dried out anymore since the last report (6/27).


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By LawHous
From Colorado Springs, CO
6 days ago
Post climb celebration drinks with a sweet line in the background

Spearhead still has a large snow barrier blocking a few of the routes on the Northeast face. We got an alpine start for The Barb and the snow was hard and slick. We we're able to traverse on the rock slab at the base but we saw an party have much difficulty getting to Sykes. Maybe take light crampons if planning on these routes in the next couple of weeks


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By BillyGoatSam
From Colorado Springs
5 days ago

Doing Pervertical Sanctuary tomorrow...anyone know if its work wearing crampons to get to the N. Chimney? Anyone know if Pervertical is seeping?


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By Sagar Gondalia
From Golden
5 days ago
Right before stepping onto the Emmons Glacier, below Camp Schurman.

Ellingwood Ledges on Crestone Needle was bone dry and spectacular on Friday.


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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
5 days ago
Manning face

LawHous wrote:
Spearhead still has a large snow barrier blocking a few of the routes on the Northeast face. We got an alpine start for The Barb and the snow was hard and slick. We we're able to traverse on the rock slab at the base but we saw an party have much difficulty getting to Sykes. Maybe take light crampons if planning on these routes in the next couple of weeks


If you're gong in to bivy the night before, you can go up the snowfield before bed and kick super deep steps before the snow hardens overnight


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By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
From Boulder, CO
5 days ago
yep

BillyGoatSam wrote:
Doing Pervertical Sanctuary tomorrow...anyone know if its work wearing crampons to get to the N. Chimney? Anyone know if Pervertical is seeping?


We were up there on Saturday and I'd take something like yak tracks at minimum for the last little bit between the boulders and the start of N. Chimney especially if you get there before the sun is up. We thought a light ice axe wouldn't be a bad idea either. Definitely felt sketchy in my approach shoes trying to kick steps and grabbing the snow with my belay gloves on!

These look like they would have been perfect:
kahtoola.com/product/k10-hiking-crampon/


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By Dankasaurus
From Lyons, CO
4 days ago

Eric Klammer wrote:
Any recent updates on Kieners route? Just wondering if it has dried out anymore since the last report (6/27).



Did Kieners solo on Saturday. Crampons up the Lambslide in great condition, traversed Broadway with no snow, and kept my approach shoes on all the way from B-way past the Notch to Upper Kieners and the finish.

The route was in super good condition.


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By Anfarwal
From Denver, CO
3 days ago
Approach to Whitney

Just did North Ridge on Spearhead today. Snowfield is shrinking in front of Sykes, saw a party go up this morning on it without a problem. Descents are dry.
Also--mosquitos are out and swarming in upper glacier gorge! I'm covered with about 30-40 mosquito bites right now. They're going up pretty high too--I got bitten on the summit. Bring bugspray and synthetics, and if you value your face and arms, use a bivy sack with netting.


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By Kat A
From Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
3 days ago
Summit of Chasm View

Just did Syke's Sickle on Spearhead yesterday. Route was dry and the descent we took via climbers left thru the notch was dry. The snow at the base was do-able for us in trail running shoes; we started after the sun had hit it (ca 8:00-8:30 am). As Anfarwal suggested, bug spray and netting would be needed if bivying. Tons of marmots, and they are also at the summit so watch your packs and helmets if you set them down while enjoying the amazing view!


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By BillyGoatSam
From Colorado Springs
3 days ago

Did pervertical yesterday (8/22) Spectacular Day!!!! Micro Spikes were very useful to get to the N. Chimney. The route was totally dry, no seepage (not that you would have to worry about that on that route). Tons of people doing D7 and the Casual Route, so I'm assuming they were dry as well.


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By YPNat
2 days ago
Lincoln Falls

Will anybody be interested in Beaver route (5.5) on East Longs this Saturday? Would love to have another pair of eyes for route finding. Descent via Cables or hike down Loft.
Please let me know, Natalie
www.mountainproject.com/v/the-beaver/106487344


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