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Nov 22, 2012
Has anyone been up there recently? thinking of giving it a try in the next couple days... Freddy.Mondale
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 29, 2011
58 points
Nov 24, 2012
hey freddy,

i've been up in the park every week for the past month...on alexanders, fields, and all mixed up twice.....we were on fields a couple weeks ago and lambslide was black ice on the climber's right side (dotted with rocks) and skiable/nice cramponing snow on the climber's left side....the ice is gradually sublimating on the steeper routes and there's definitely snow on the ledges, but it's pretty bare for this time of year (my buddy wore running shoes to mt. lady washington)....anyway, the notch couloir looked like a bit of snow in there, as did upper kiener's, but it's drier than usual at the moment....it's been crazy windy the last few days, so perhaps there are some pockets of blown-in (careful!) snow....best of luck and let me know what you see up there.....rob
coppolillo
Joined Sep 9, 2009
48 points
Nov 25, 2012
Thanks Rob! We ended up doing it yesterday. Lamb's slide is deep fluff on the left gradually turning to bulletproof ice on the right side (perfect cramponing near the middleish right).
the broadway ledges were covered with wind compacted snow almost like alpine ice in places...really nice.
Upper kiener's on the other hand was deep powdery snow wallowing. We had to pick our way up the rock to avoid trudging through too much snow.
It ended up being a long day but still tons of fun! the position is just incredible up there.
Freddy.Mondale
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 29, 2011
58 points
Nov 25, 2012
I was pretty bummed when they didn't greenlight my...
Freddy.Mondale wrote:
Thanks Rob! We ended up doing it yesterday. Lamb's slide is deep fluff on the left gradually turning to bulletproof ice on the right side (perfect cramponing near the middleish right). the broadway ledges were covered with wind compacted snow almost like alpine ice in places...really nice. Upper kiener's on the other hand was deep powdery snow wallowing. We had to pick our way up the rock to avoid trudging through too much snow. It ended up being a long day but still tons of fun! the position is just incredible up there.


thanks for the beta, now I've got something to do monday
willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Joined Jul 20, 2010
42 points
Nov 25, 2012
I was pretty bummed when they didn't greenlight my...
Freddy.Mondale wrote:
Thanks Rob! We ended up doing it yesterday. Lamb's slide is deep fluff on the left gradually turning to bulletproof ice on the right side (perfect cramponing near the middleish right). the broadway ledges were covered with wind compacted snow almost like alpine ice in places...really nice. Upper kiener's on the other hand was deep powdery snow wallowing. We had to pick our way up the rock to avoid trudging through too much snow. It ended up being a long day but still tons of fun! the position is just incredible up there.


thanks for the beta, now I've got something to do monday
willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Joined Jul 20, 2010
42 points
Nov 25, 2012
right on, freddy...good job! we're talking about going back to do alexander's to the eighth route, so we'd be in that neighborhood...right on.

what descent did you do? north face? how was it?

ciao man! RC
coppolillo
Joined Sep 9, 2009
48 points
Nov 25, 2012
we rapped the cables route. There was enough snow to follow tracks down from the summit making the descent super easy! Alexander's might be a bit thin at this point though. We did it about a week or two ago and it has dried up since then. Id say its stil worth a try though!
Happy climbing!
Freddy.Mondale
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 29, 2011
58 points
Nov 29, 2012
was there any ice forming on the cable route? Any difficulty finding the eyelets? Thinking about heading up next weekend assuming conditions are good HansF
From Jackson, WY
Joined May 22, 2009
4 points
Nov 29, 2012
Just a little bit of snow and ice on the north face. Eye bolts are just fine... Brian Stefanovic
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Jun 25, 2010
2 points
Nov 30, 2012
cool, thanks! HansF
From Jackson, WY
Joined May 22, 2009
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