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Aug 6, 2012
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, w...
It's about time to get this thread started. Vail seems to be shaping up well. The Dez is soaking wet. Seventh Tentacle and the Fang need some time. Spiral Staircase looked a bit desperate. But climbs like Cupcake corner, Amphibian, Redbull and Vodka, Hooded Cobra, and all the stuff on the right side of the amphitheater seem to be in!

I heard from a friend of a friend that Lambs Slide has some fun ice right now.

All that being said, it's time to get psyched!


Dez is a little wet
Dez is a little wet

Kind of lean conditions but it works out!
Kind of lean conditions but it works out!

Buster Jesik on Dolly Madison. It's in fat!
Buster Jesik on Dolly Madison. It's in fat!

Phil Wortmann on P1 roof of Redbull and Vodka
Phil Wortmann on P1 roof of Redbull and Vodka
Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2010
995 points
Aug 6, 2012
Every single day.
Ames isn't quite in, Bridalveil is still a bit wet, Smear o Fear is still a bit dry, the Stairway to Heaven could probably use some time to form up a little nicer, and I'd probably consider Mixed Emotions to be "thin but in". On a brighter note, avy conditions are excellent across the board! Kurt Ross
From Boulder, colorado
Joined Apr 8, 2009
303 points
Aug 6, 2012
LMAO... I was all like, "No way, seriously!" and got a little excited... Thanks Noah! ;) Danielle Lovely
From Golden, CO
Joined Apr 22, 2010
17 points
Aug 7, 2012
Haha awesome Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Joined Apr 7, 2011
885 points
Aug 7, 2012
Bocan
Anyone heard any "projections" for snowfall this year as long as we are speculating? Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
927 points
Aug 7, 2012
The route in it's entirety.
aspentimes.com/article/2012080... Greg G
From SLC, UT
Joined Oct 3, 2008
567 points
Aug 11, 2012
love it!!! I look forward to this thread all summer. Rifle is a bit wet might be a scary lead but I hope to see some good ice in the next 4 1/2 months or so. Josh8384
From Glenwood springs, colorado
Joined Nov 18, 2010
0 points
Aug 28, 2012
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, w...
Anyone interested in Vail Sunday? (seriously) Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2010
995 points
Aug 28, 2012
Getting up the Great Dihedral on Hallet Peak, RMNP...
This is a hilarious thread. I'm glad I'm not alone in the excitement for ice.

As for Lamb's Slide...I wouldn't recommend it until the temps dip a bit more. As of a few weeks ago, it was mushy, open running runnels of water, and dangerous and frequent rockfall. I'm not talking about the occasional pebble. There were fist and softball sized rocks plummeting down every minute starting at sunrise.

I'd say in a few weeks if the rocks start to freeze up again, the ice should be grand! =)
Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
46 points
Aug 28, 2012
black nasty
this is my favorite route!

the ice is in all year long, and always seems to replenish itself..


Current ice conditions.
Current ice conditions.
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Aug 28, 2012
Bocan
Man we need some moisture soon. I've only lived here for 6+ years, but I've never seen the mountains so dry and barren like before. There is minimal to be found. Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
927 points
Aug 28, 2012
Stabby
While you guys are getting ready for the season, here's an old GI Joe PSA on ice safety you all should watch:

Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Aug 29, 2012
San Juans.
Stairway is "thin but in". Jaaron Mankins
From Bayfield, CO
Joined Nov 17, 2006
978 points
Sep 14, 2012
Just keepin the dream alive for a few more months

Sure you can tool, but don't be a Tool, Fool!
Sure you can tool, but don't be a Tool, Fool!
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,494 points
Sep 14, 2012
Me and Spearhead
El Tigre wrote:
While you guys are getting ready for the season, here's an old GI Joe PSA on ice safety you all should watch.


Haven't seen any of these in awhile, super classic.
Bonus points for the usage in this thread.
Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Joined Oct 20, 2007
142 points
Sep 22, 2012
Anyone know conditions of the Skyscraper glacier up by Rollins pass? FlyinRyan
Joined Aug 13, 2010
28 points
Sep 24, 2012
Mountain Bandito
North side of Quandary Peak has a few mixed line options. North Star up by Blue Lakes is forming up.

Mt. Evans has a few mixed lines in above Summit Lake.
1st apron, M3 goodness!
1st apron, M3 goodness!
Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Joined Oct 20, 2009
2,624 points
Sep 30, 2012
The transfer to ice...in this case a horizontal, w...
M fun climbing in CO.....as long as you don't mind the drive, there is stuff to be found out west right now!

M fun!
M fun!

M fun!
M fun!
Noah8000
From Vail, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2010
995 points
Sep 30, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good
Noah8000 wrote:
M fun climbing in CO.....as long as you don't mind the drive, there is stuff to be found out west right now!


WHERE IS THIS??!!!
erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Joined Apr 3, 2008
360 points
Sep 30, 2012
Shredded by the Center Route.
Looks a little steep phil wortmann
From Colorado Springs, Co.
Joined Feb 23, 2005
674 points
Oct 1, 2012
Getting up the Great Dihedral on Hallet Peak, RMNP...
It's coming!

Here's a pic I stole from 14ers.com forum. It's of the Loft on Long's from last week.

Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
46 points
Oct 3, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Anyone gone to take a look at the "north" face on Notchtop yet this year? Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 3, 2012
Top of Bridalveil, feelin good
Mixed climbing on "Toga Party".
Mixed climbing on "Toga Party".


Mixed on the Peak.
Mixed on the Peak.

A Few pics from climbing on Pikes Peak last weekend.
erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Joined Apr 3, 2008
360 points
Oct 4, 2012
Yellow Spur
Total Abandon
Total Abandon


More pic' than mix on Pikes Peak
CanDillo
From The Great State -Colorado
Joined Oct 28, 2009
91 points
Oct 4, 2012
Getting up the Great Dihedral on Hallet Peak, RMNP...
Dan Cillo wrote:
More pic' than mix on Pikes Peak


Awesome pic! I'm going to have to go investigate!
Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
46 points
Oct 5, 2012
Relaxing at the top of looking glass.
Can't wait to get out soon. Anyone in the roaring fork valley looking for a partner hit me up. Brian marsh
From carbondale, CO
Joined Jun 20, 2012
160 points


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