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By LIV
Oct 10, 2013
Kirk Couloir Challenger Peak
It's in!! Heading down there for some development soon . . .

Bad roads, horrid approach, postholing waist deep for miles, but oh, so worth it!!
Southern Colorado.
Southern Colorado.

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By LIV
Oct 10, 2013
Kirk Couloir Challenger Peak
S Denny wrote:
This thread should be renamed 2013-2014 Colorado Ice Conditions...


Done - thanks.

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By topher donahue
Oct 10, 2013
Mike Walley wrote:
Nice photos and good blog Topher. You are right about BIG government too! How did Alexander's Chimney look?


Hi Mike, sorry I missed your question until now. Alexander's looked great. As did Field's Chimney. With the warm/cold cycles we've been getting those routes should be good for a while. If only they'd open our Park. Losers. And climbing is the least of it - congress is still getting paid while the people who do things like develop flu vaccine have had to shut down their experiments, turn off the lights, and close shop.

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By coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Oct 11, 2013
Indian Creek Climbing
what climb is this?
LIV wrote:
It's in!! Heading down there for some development soon . . . Bad roads, horrid approach, postholing waist deep for miles, but oh, so worth it!!

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By Chris Wenker
From Santa Fe
Oct 11, 2013
Bandera
LIV wrote:
It's in!! Heading down there for some development soon . . . Bad roads, horrid approach, postholing waist deep for miles, but oh, so worth it!!


That looks like a springtime meltout scene?

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By LIV
Oct 11, 2013
Kirk Couloir Challenger Peak
Chris Wenker wrote:
That looks like a springtime meltout scene?

It is late summer....will post an update soon.

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By Nina GJ
From Grand Junction
Oct 14, 2013
Goat Urea is out, too bad... And Three Tiers in Officers Gulch is now out too.

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By Chris Gibbs
From Denver, CO
Oct 14, 2013
Monastery
I guess you could say The Road is in (or at least it was last weekend).



Smear of Fear is looking a little thin on the bottom and Alexander's might just be climbable. If you're into that sort of thing.


Long's Peak, 10-12-13.
Long's Peak, 10-12-13.

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By Jason Maki
Oct 15, 2013
erik wellborn wrote:
Is Martha in yet?


Martha, 10-13-13.
Martha, 10-13-13.



Looks like there is mild humidity. Suppose it is "in"!

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By Scott Bennett
Oct 16, 2013
photo by Forest Woodward
10-15-13.
10-15-13.


Long's Peak yesterday, 10-15-13

More photos, and report on climbing the Smear of Fear, here:
ropeandsummit.wordpress.com

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By michael voth
Oct 17, 2013
2nd pitch of Womb.
Anyone seen All Mixed Up?

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By Shameless Shaemus
Oct 17, 2013
Spoke with a climbing ranger on Sunday who said it's "in" though thin and the top pitch needs some time...

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By whittlesticks
From Nederland
Oct 18, 2013
hanging at the bridger jacks campground
climbed alexanders chimney yesterday 10-17. Its fat go get on it!
Alexander's.
Alexander's.


Alexander's second pitch.
Alexander's second pitch.


Alexander's 4th pitch.
Alexander's 4th pitch.

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By The Blueprint Part Dank
From FEMA Region VIII
Oct 18, 2013
Outdid myself here
Was Alexander's in WI4/M4 in current conditions? Was the gear dicey?

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Oct 18, 2013
it's so sketchy, definitely don't go

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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Oct 18, 2013
Anybody been up to Officer's Gulch?

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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Oct 18, 2013
Mountain Bandito
Nothing in Officers Gulch yet. The best looking route right now looks like "Tres Amigos," that actually looks like a fun scrappy climb right now. Three Tiers is probably going to form up super fat and long this season, there is ice up high that hasn't formed in eight or so years.

Lincoln Falls is good to go. If your up there can you please chop out the hoses on the pillars area. Thank you very much.

We got over a foot of snow in Breckenridge and there has been lots of wind transport. I was getting a lot of propagation and reaction on wind loaded slopes up by Blue Lakes today. On a positive note, someone plowed the road all the way to the Blue Lakes dam.

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By Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Oct 18, 2013
RJN
Came down I-70 today. Vail isn't even wet (not that it should be) officers not in, silverplume had some ice probably not worth the hike though.

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By Taylor-B.
From CO & AK
Oct 19, 2013
Mountain Bandito
The storm has ""blown" over and the skies have cleared to unveil lots of avalanche activity up here in the Summit zone. Lots of wind loaded and cross loaded slopes. Here is a photo of a good sized avalanche that started right above the North Star route and ran right over it. The CAIC is up and ruining. Also, help support our underfunded CAIC on
Nov. 9th in Breckenridge for the annual fundraiser.
North Star avalanche.
North Star avalanche.

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By Rocky_Mtn_High
From Arvada, CO
Oct 20, 2013
Lamb's Slide
Thatchtop NW gully is full on WI3 (a bit wet on the right side, but not too bad towards the left).

Thatchtop NW Gully, 19 Oct 2013.
Thatchtop NW Gully, 19 Oct 2013.

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By Chris Sheridan
From Boulder, CO
Oct 21, 2013
Chris setting up the rappel in the Southeast Gully...
The right branch of Field's Chimney is in good shape, and the south-east face of Mount Lady Washington is in really good shape with two or three distinct ice lines. This stuff doesn't form up very often, so get after it.

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By J1.
From Boulder, Colorado
Oct 21, 2013
Towliee
Hidden Falls Conditions.
Hidden Falls as of 10/20/13.
Hidden Falls as of 10/20/13.


West side flows.
West side flows.

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By J Antin
From Denver, CO
Oct 21, 2013
First morning at Indian Creek!!!
Any insight on Ouray Area?

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By Joshua Payne
From Los Alamos, NM
Oct 21, 2013
Anyone got info on the areas around Wolf Creek?

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By Chris Gibbs
From Denver, CO
Oct 22, 2013
Monastery
Here's a brief video of Field's Chimney on Saturday.



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