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By SendaGorilla
From Boulder
Oct 17, 2012
Hey Guys ( by this I mean People, not just men :)

So, I got a real good buddy commin in to town for his birthday. He's from Ohio :-/ and he REALLY wants to do something "Epic".."Classic" in The Park.

So, I've been scouring weather sites and it actually looks like it's gonna be pretty nice in Estes...like high 60s-70s.

But, have any of you actually BEEN up in the park? It defintely looks like it has snowed up there from my house (Boulder)...however, snow isn't TOO big of a problem (we have gear). But how serious of a commitment are we talking?

Also, Any recommendations for awesome "Classic" climbs suitable for this time of year? Something South facing perhaps? We thought of Le Petit...but, Sky Pond is pretty high up..and then there's that waterfall toward the end. Is it freezing yet?

Any info appreciated...Cheers.

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By Jeremy Monahan
From Fort Fun, CO
Oct 17, 2012
View of Longs Peak from Mt. Alice, RMNP
I was at Sky Pond on Sunday (10/14) and it is getting pretty icy and wintry above The Loch. Winter gear was definitely needed (boots, gloves, etc.) but no snowshoes yet.

Here are some pics from the Loch Vale area


Wham, Zowie and other towers on S. face of Otis.
Wham, Zowie and other towers on S. face of Otis.


Timberline Falls directly below Lake of Glass.
Timberline Falls directly below Lake of Glass.


Cathedral Spires from Sky Pond.
Cathedral Spires from Sky Pond.


Vanquished wall on Powell.
Vanquished wall on Powell.


Unknown ice on Thatchtop, anyone know what route this is a part of?
Unknown ice on Thatchtop, anyone know what route this is a part of?

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Oct 17, 2012
Bocan
What do some of the snow routes looks like? I'm assuming they are rubble / black ice with loose windblown over them?

I haven't done it yet so others can speak more on it, but maybe the spiral route?

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By Kevin Craig
Oct 19, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
I think the Thatchtop ice might be

Double Tap ?

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By phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Oct 20, 2012
Shredded by the Center Route.
Fields chimney was in great condish a week and a half ago Kevin.

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