Noticed the photos were taken yesterday. Only fools would be climbing in Provo Canyon right now. The avy danger is high and the bowls above are loaded - all the wind has caused some major snow movement. If you really want to get on something fart around on Stairway it has the least danger.
Backoff and Squashed Head can both hurl pretty good. Not as much potential mass as in Provo but enough to send ya hurling. Candlestick and ACT are safer and would be a preferred alternative though the trough leading up to them can be sketchy.
Noticed the photos were taken yesterday. Only fools would be climbing in Provo Canyon right now. The avy danger is high and the bowls above are loaded - all the wind has caused some major snow movement. If you really want to get on something fart around on Stairway it has the least danger. Here is a journal article on the Bridal Veil slide path: arc.lib.montana.edu/snow-science/objects/issw-1996-271-275.p>>>
To add to Allen's videos, here's the slide path in its entirety:
Where the two couloirs pinch down (out of view) is the top of Upper Bridal Veil falls.
So basically, you're climbing WI4 beneath a taller, wider version of the Y Couloir. Gulp. Wet avalanches are of particular concern on rapidly warming days.
Climbed Squashead today: the ice was cold, dry, and hard to protect . . . Backoff was great hero ice though. The anchors up and left on Backoff are a bit tricky to access since you have to traverse across bare rock, but the anchors just below the top out on the right also work well.
Thinking about heading to Joe's or Maple this weekend. Anybody have an update?
2 weeks ago in Maple: nothing on canyon road was in, nothing in box was in, the wet itchies required ~12' of dry tooling, and bowling ball was too thin protect. I'm curious if the new snow has had an effect.
I think there's been plenty of snow to get Maple going, problem has been the temps. I've been seeing temperatures in the 50s across the valley, which doesn't bode well for Maple. I'll see if I can get up there before the weekend though.
Just climbed Candelstick in Santaquin and it's in good condition right now. Took the right side and it felt steep (5+) but good screws and good sticks. The top out had a frozen rope on the far left, didn't bother with it, there was hollow ice for the last 15 feet that wouldn't hold a screw, but was good enough for hooking.
Backoff was super wet. Very very wet. We didn't get on ACT, but it's almost touching down. Some gentle swings and thigh squeezes could probably get you through the start of the pillar.
Did Joe's this past weekend: both pitches of CCC were in when I left (fairly large group after we pulled off). The upper pitch fatter than I have ever seen it but, it was aerated ice - completely soft and white.
After that we headed over to T-Rex for some quick laps and burn - out.
Climbed FMR couloir/gullie yesterday... There's a split across the WI4 pillar leading up to the FMR wall... It's somewhat healed... Still finished the lead but makes ya think!! Lots of water... Bring your goretex!
Went and did Back Off on Saturday (1/25). We got to the base of the climb at approximately 8am. The ice was very brittle, every swing dinner plated. By the second pitch the ice was drippy and soft, making it easy to look like a hero.
My two partners and I also climbed Squash Head & Backoff Sat 1/25. The start of pitch one of Squash Head was a little wet on the left side and chandeliery on the right. Pitch two slightly wet up the gully to the belay.
Squash Head - Starting 2nd pitch
A look down at Tim Coates from the top P2
After Squash Head dropped over to Backoff. Great ice.