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By S Denny
From Carbondale, CO
Feb 25, 2012

take 133 south of carbondale for ~10 miles til the canyon around the road gets it's narrowest. park on the left, cross the road, approach is prolly 6 mins. if you hit the redstone campground you've gone too far. PM me if you need more info


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By funkyicemonkey
From Colorado
Feb 25, 2012

Went back to Drool in Redstone, the Drool has a two inch fracture running from the right about 1/3rd ten foot under the "rest" half way up. Still OK and great fun, but degrading fast. By the way if anyone heads up there I replaced the belay on the right by moving it back one tree and replaced the sun bleached (and actually quite weak) old tat with new red webbing... Please bring up a sharpie and mark the webbing tail with "Feb 12". I left my sharpie in the car - Doh!


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
Feb 25, 2012
RJN

Thanks guys!


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By funkyicemonkey
From Colorado
Feb 26, 2012

+1 on the Designator, all beat up. Centre line lots of fun though - developing a fracture at 2/3rd height.


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By Pine Sap
Mar 4, 2012
Jaws RMNP - 3/3/12

Jaws RMNP - Photo 3/3/12

Jaws - 3/3/12.
Jaws - 3/3/12.


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By perropirana
Mar 4, 2012

Anyone...conditions in Ouray/Silverton fro next weekend?
Thanks,
L.


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By Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Mar 4, 2012
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, weird roof since the curtain broke off. Photo by Cody Olsen.

perropirana wrote:
Anyone...conditions in Ouray/Silverton fro next weekend? Thanks, L.


Fat with scary snow conditions.


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By Jonathan White
From littleton, co
Mar 5, 2012
Laps in Ouray

Climbed Vail 03/04, Seventh Tentacle is in good shape. RD looks pretty picked out. Spiral Stair Case it really picked out, however the left side near Secret Probation is steep and not to hooked out yet.

The fang shroom is huge!


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
Mar 8, 2012
RJN

Any recent beta on lambs slide/kieners? Anyone done this before with just some general beta? A car to car average would be really helpful?


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By Dylan Cousins
Mar 9, 2012

Longs peak cirque snow climbs:

mountainproject.com/v/does-anyone-know-the-conditions-on-the>>>


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By Leo Paik
Administrator
From Westminster, Colorado
Mar 10, 2012

FWIW, Hidden Falls at RMNP is changing a bit. The left side seems to be melting out a bit, the water has switched to the right side, but it sprays the middle of the flow, and the pillar to the right is really hooked out, making it harder to find ice to place screws.

Also, the S. St. Vrain flow is about as fat as it's been per a friend who drives by weekly.

On 3/9/12, it took medium screws on the lower bit and the steeper bit below the rap tree.  The ice in the middle and above the tree was stubby terrain.
On 3/9/12, it took medium screws on the lower bit and the steeper bit below the rap tree. The ice in the middle and above the tree was stubby terrain.


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By Jon E.
Mar 10, 2012

Did some climbing on the SE Face of flattop and got some good shots of Hallett Chimney and Dragontails. Hallett appears to be in great shape as well as the Dragontails.

Hallett Chimney.
Hallett Chimney.



Dragon's Tail.
Dragon's Tail.


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By JonW
Mar 12, 2012

Leo Paik wrote:
FWIW, Hidden Falls at RMNP is changing a bit. The left side seems to be melting out a bit, the water has switched to the right side, but it sprays the middle of the flow, and the pillar to the right is really hooked out, making it harder to find ice to place screws.


I have a few friends in town who are looking to climb some ice. Any idea what to expect later in the week at Hidden Falls? Will there still be some ice to climb? I imagine, based on these temperatures, it'll be quite wet.


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By raoul
From Boulder, CO
Mar 12, 2012

hidden falls was fat as off last thursday, bring rock gear too, moderate mix on the left


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By Brandt Ball
Mar 14, 2012

Hello, looking for conditions in Vail/Silverthorn as well as RMNP for this weekend. Flying in from Nashville, TN, if there is any ice.

Any help would be appreciated!


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Mar 14, 2012
me on my redpoint

Vail looked pretty good last weekend while driving by. Wont have long up there though.


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By Tom Willard
From Avon, CO
Mar 16, 2012
Hitchhiking in Arches

Hidden Falls Update; Conditions are very warm, but the main falls is hugh so it should be around for a while; The Dangler on the other hand is about done dangling!


The Dangler.
The Dangler.




Hidden Falls Left.
Hidden Falls Left.


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By Brandt Ball
Mar 17, 2012

Thanks Dave and Tom! We are here now having a great time!


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By Jamie Jones
From Colorado
Mar 17, 2012

Sixty degrees for the past ten days in SW colorado. Half the ice park closed, not looking good.


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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Mar 18, 2012
me on my redpoint

Ice Park will be closed as of this Wednesday. The place was falling apart today.


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By raoul
From Boulder, CO
Mar 19, 2012

i'm thinking with the succession of warm days and cold nights and no new snow for quite a while, skywalker might be safe to climb and ski already. at least early in the day. but i wouldn't mind hearing what others might think about that


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By JonW
Mar 19, 2012

Climbed Martha Thursday, 3/15 and was surprised by the shape of the climb. No ice, mostly snow and the crux sections are entirely rock. The descent down the east slopes was completely dry.


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By Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
Mar 19, 2012

eric bianciotto wrote:
i'm thinking with the succession of warm days and cold nights and no new snow for quite a while, skywalker might be safe to climb and ski already. at least early in the day. but i wouldn't mind hearing what others might think about that


heard 2nd hand it wasnt even filled in through the choke. It definitely is seeming pretty solid though on S. aspects in the front range.


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By Scott M. McNamara
From Tucson, Arizona
Mar 19, 2012
One Way Sunset

Ouray Ice Park

I do not believe Ouray Ice Park is closing on Wednesday, March 21, 2012---as a poster upstream mentioned.

I am here now.

I believe they are shooting for the end of the month---March 2012.

Some lines that take a great deal of sun are closed.

The big areas are still mostly open. The ice seems quite nice, albeit a bit beat out.

I do not think they are spraying water at night any more (Monday, March 19, 2012), but the big freeze/thaw cyle seems to be working even better---less califlower.

The "conditions page" is useful: ourayicepark.com/travel-planner/conditions/

Have fun.

Scott Mc


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By Spooner
From Denver
Mar 19, 2012

I've been out of town for a couple weeks and looks like there is still some ice to go around. Where are the best condition with in 2hrs of Denver, RMNP, Vail? Sounds like the snow is stabilizing now so Offices? Any other suggestions? Thanks for the Beta.


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