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Mar 1, 2013
Hummm...
RonB wrote:
And, look at what the ice is bonding to above and below the crack; ...


OR! It's lunar tidal fracturing! ...I'm gonna go with that...
RonB
From Strawberry Reservoir & VA
Joined Dec 5, 2011
262 points
Mar 1, 2013
Why I do it...


This was shot on Saturday. I'd doubt there is much change over the last 6 days.

I'm thinking this is Stairway to heaven, anyone know if pitches 2 and higher are as stepped out as this?
kevinhansen
From Albion Idaho
Joined Apr 21, 2008
49 points
Mar 1, 2013
Why I do it...


I think this might have answered my question. Then again this second vid was shot 7 weeks ago.
kevinhansen
From Albion Idaho
Joined Apr 21, 2008
49 points
Mar 1, 2013
taking the steep line
dude that is awesome feed back on santaquin!
Im headed back out the in the next couple days. act second pitch looks fat!
Erik Eriksson
Joined Sep 18, 2011
16 points
Mar 2, 2013
Me in the 70's
Climbed in Maple today...ice was great. The temperatures were colder than expected. Sunday should still be fine.

Scruffy Band is super fat right now.
bsmoot
Joined Aug 21, 2006
1,867 points
Mar 3, 2013
Tried to climb the apron last night around 11pm. Large horizontal cracks and mushy ice. We bailed. Hope it firms back up enough to climb suuntout
Joined Feb 22, 2011
33 points
Mar 3, 2013
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
Scruffy still in good nick.

Scruffy Band 3-3-13
Scruffy Band 3-3-13


Rained pretty much all day.

GWI still fat. Take care with wet slide potential...
Brian in SLC
Joined Oct 6, 2003
11,031 points
Mar 3, 2013
View from up above the hand crack
Anyone have any beta on the conditions of Provo Canyon as of today? Warm temps yesterday with the rain today pose concern. I was hoping to get out tomorrow or Tues. Looks cool enough in the evenings for some reformation. Then Wham High 40s to low 50's the rest of the week. Then cooler temps arriving on the weekends.

Will she survive? Takin bets. haha

Perhaps, I will go do "scuffy band" Brian from SLC made it sound like its fine and dandy.

Also, Anyone have any word on the conditions in Santaquin Canyon?

Cheers Fellas,
Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Jul 1, 2011
144 points
Mar 4, 2013
Why I do it...
Nathaniel Holt wrote:
Anyone have any beta on the conditions of Provo Canyon as of today?...


Not sure what she looks like now. I climbed Stairway with a few folks on Saturday(3/02/13). The ice was dry, white, dehydrated, and hard in places, but a short traverse sideways yielded wet, blue, and plastic in others. Every pitch had new ice forming, but it was weak, and soft like rubber. The fourth pitch was dried out and hooked nicely. It was a pumpy one.
Get after it ASAP, if this keeps up, the upper pitches won't last till Saturday.
kevinhansen
From Albion Idaho
Joined Apr 21, 2008
49 points
Mar 5, 2013
Tangled up in blue
Needless to say, Excalibur is not in.

Excalibur
Excalibur


And the ice behind the house on the private property is huge. Locked gate with chain and lock, posted and no trespassing sign abound. No phone # to be found. Any suggestions?

Also, climbed in Maple on Sunday 3/3...perfect plastic hero ice. Around 32 at 7am, 48 by 2pm when we bolted. Top outs were a bit spicy. Hopefully she'll hold up...
Briggs
From Vernal, UT
Joined Dec 15, 2011
35 points
Mar 8, 2013
Hummm...
Briggs wrote:
Needless to say, Excalibur is not in...


Bob, glad you got to Strawberry area. Sorry the ice and access was not accommodating. Did you find the other climbs on the road before Excalibur that were in; my last look-see in late Feb? I was thinking of making a mad dash out there next week for spring skiing, but temps do not look good for the ice. Give you a call if I make it out...
RonB
From Strawberry Reservoir & VA
Joined Dec 5, 2011
262 points
Mar 8, 2013
Leading Blue Collar Crack.
RonB wrote:
Bob, glad you got to Strawberry area. Sorry the ice and access was not accommodating. Did you find the other climbs on the road before Excalibur that were in; my last look-see in late Feb? I was thinking of making a mad dash out there next week for spring skiing, but temps do not look good for the ice. Give you a call if I make it out...

I was out there with Briggs. We climbed up Dead Deer Falls (I think). Pretty scuzzy ice on that pillar. Doesn't seem like it's a great year for Strawberry ice.
Dead Deer Falls?
Dead Deer Falls?
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
1,279 points
Mar 8, 2013
Hummm...
Garret Nuzzo-Jones wrote:
... We climbed up Dead Deer Falls (I think). Pretty scuzzy ice on that pillar. Doesn't seem like it's a great year for Strawberry ice.


Even so, (n)ice work! Yeh, I think it needed a bit more melt water. It was all so fat last season...
RonB
From Strawberry Reservoir & VA
Joined Dec 5, 2011
262 points
Mar 9, 2013
Last Chance Falls
Last Chance Falls


I just played around at the base, but Last Chance Falls looks climbable
Chris Cox
From Logan, UT
Joined Jul 17, 2006
23 points
Mar 11, 2013
2nd pitch of Womb.
anyone seen the Great White Icicle? Im visitng family next week and am wondering if its worth bringing ice gear. michael voth
From Ft. Collins, CO
Joined Feb 23, 2012
18 points
Mar 11, 2013
Me in the 70's
The GWI & Scruffy were in good but soft condition Saturday. With temps in the 30's & 40's, the ice was hanging around...but the 60's? bsmoot
Joined Aug 21, 2006
1,867 points
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Mar 11, 2013
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hang up your tools, rock climbing is now. grk10vq
Joined Mar 29, 2006
5,244 points
Mar 11, 2013
2nd pitch of Womb.
thanks yall i grew up in UT rock climbing and GWI has been on the list for years since I started ice climbing in CO. guess its time for a relaxing day at the Gate instead. michael voth
From Ft. Collins, CO
Joined Feb 23, 2012
18 points
Mar 11, 2013
michael voth wrote:
Guess its time for a day of lining up behind peeps to get on Bushwack or Satan's at the Gate instead.

Fixed it for ya.
Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Joined Aug 21, 2006
1,700 points
Mar 11, 2013
Leading Blue Collar Crack.
grk10vq wrote:
hang up your tools, rock climbing is now.

I guess you missed these in your state-wide census of all ice-climbing.

3/11/13
3/11/13
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
1,279 points
Mar 11, 2013
OK I'll be the 1st to ask, where is that? cdec
From SLC and Moab, ut
Joined Jan 3, 2007
249 points
Administrator
Mar 11, 2013
. . .
Garret Nuzzo-Jones wrote:
I guess you missed these in your state-wide census of all ice-climbing.

negative. i accounted for all flaming piles.
detached pillars and choss were the first to go.
grk10vq
Joined Mar 29, 2006
5,244 points
Mar 11, 2013
Leading Blue Collar Crack.
grk10vq wrote:
negative. i accounted for all flaming piles. detached pillars and choss were the first to go.

No choss? That covers everything in Utah then.
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
1,279 points
Mar 11, 2013
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Garret Nuzzo-Jones wrote:
No choss? That covers everything in Utah then.

Good comeback!?

I'll pass on that last picture, otherwise it looks like UT had a good season, CA wasn't too bad? Looking forward to SLC next year!
G Robbins
Joined Sep 16, 2010
5 points
Mar 11, 2013
Leading Blue Collar Crack.
cdec wrote:
OK I'll be the 1st to ask, where is that?

Strawberry. Obviously the pillar on the right is a gopro disaster waiting to happen but the other two WI4 pillars are good to go. You'll just have to v-thread off them.
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
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