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So far, the only Ice i've seen has been in my Scotch. It melts quickly, though not as fast as the liquid is consumed.



Summer Solstice has passed, the Dog Days of summer are upon us... soon Old Man Winter will be nipping at that dog's heels.

Run, Old Man, run!

Anyone have any good pics from last season that we ha'n't seen yet?


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Was at the gym today working out the cobwebs. The front desk guy had a nice picture of a guy on a flow in Maple.

Made me miss winter.


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Was at the gym today working out the cobwebs. The front desk guy had a nice picture of a guy on a flow in Maple.

Made me miss winter.
Miss Winter? Yeah, got a few pictures of her... they've been around though. Here:

the Swiss Miss soloing on Cobble Cruncher



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summer always reminds me of how terrible a rock climber I am. I hate summer.


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builttospill wrote:
summer always reminds me of how terrible a rock climber I am. I hate summer.

Ha! i know what you mean. luckily my memory is terribe, so I forget how great the ice is until I'm on it again.


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strangely enough, no ice here in idaho right now. hmmm can't wait for winter in the sawtooths................
iceeee gooodnessssssssssss


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i climbed a WI4 pitch last week.

Cool


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stymingersfink wrote:
So far, the only Ice i've seen has been in my Scotch. It melts quickly, though not as fast as the liquid is consumed.

Anyone have any good pics from last season that we ha'n't seen yet?

I've got a couple.

Southern Utah and Lee Vining













I hope that helps with the summer jonesing.


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gargrantuan wrote:
i climbed a WI4 pitch last week.

Cool
we ask for photographic ice porn proof... got any?Smile


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foeslts16 wrote:
strangely enough, no ice here in idaho right now. hmmm can't wait for winter in the sawtooths................
iceeee gooodnessssssssssss

I've got to wonder what the N. Face of Borah is like..... Been on that in late summer and found some amazingly fun stuff.


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stymingersfink wrote:
gargrantuan wrote:
i climbed a WI4 pitch last week.

Cool
we ask for photographic ice porn proof... got any?Smile

Oops. Crazy now I have dig into the archives as that goes back to the mid 80's.... we'll see.


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it's been a real bad year for snow here, i heard that cor on borah is pretty much bare.


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natec wrote:
I've got a couple.

Southern Utah ...

speaking of southern Utah, I spent the Labor Day weekend down in the San Rafael Swell. I was amazed by the quantity of unclimbed rock down that way, and was pleasantly surprised to find a few water streaks on some north facing walls which might sport some ice if the conditions are right.

We're talking about 200-300' WI5+ Pillars with the bottom 75' free-standing, provided conditions were right. I look forward to driving back down that way this winter to see if I was looking at what I think I was seeing.Smile It's gonna require a bit of snow to get it flowing though. Hopefully it's going to be a cold, wet winterSmile


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early season ice in the icefield region should be ready in two or three weeks. i'll keep everyone posted.


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I know where there is ice, last week in Jasper CAnada..east Ridge of Edith Cavell.... spicy and icy...just how I liked it..will tyr to get pic on.

The drips are flowing on the Weeping Wall and the snow was falling on Athabasca and the Icefields when we got there.

ooohooo


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Snow high up in the ghost yesterday and lots of COLD water seaping on the usual lines... it's coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


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I'd like to set up a pool with the climbers in the Salt Lake valley, something along the lines of pick the date when snow will be visible on the Wasatch Front from the parking lot at work, 7a.m.


PM me if you're interested in a friendly wager. Say, a sixer of good beer to the winner?


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Just ordered a couple more Grivel Helix screws for the winter.

Though, I must admit it is difficult to think of ice climbing at the moment: The high temp here in the 9th Circle of Hell (a.k.a. Phoenix) is around 108 today.


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Did the north couloir on Borah a few years back. Really fun (early june) snow/AI climb. Got a little steep at the top, but it was neve and no problem. It is a fun couple K of climbing.

No snow last winter = no alpine ice in summer in these parts. Tetons have been pretty poor as well.

pt


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reno wrote:
Just ordered a couple more Grivel Helix screws for the winter.

Though, I must admit it is difficult to think of ice climbing at the moment: The high temp here in the 9th Circle of Hell (a.k.a. Phoenix) is around 108 today.

Last night's low in Leadville was 31!!!


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Had to scrape the windshield of the truck this morning.... second time this week I've had to do that!


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Thanks for starting this thread (I think)! On the one hand I'm psyched for more ice; on the other hand, its still a bit away and this thread will just make me fixate more and more... Oh, well, I've still got some rock projects to keep me psyched to stay fit.

Pray for lots of wet and lots of cold!

I got three good weeks in Chamonix this summer, so it hasn't been that long (but, still, its been too long).

I hate to bring up a topic that has already seen some traffic, and I don't want to hijack the thread, but what are the opinions about the new Cobras and Vipers? I was thinking of Takoons earlier, but the ability to clip into the spike when running leashless is a big plus (at least for a punter like me).


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stymingersfink wrote:
I'd like to set up a pool with the climbers in the Salt Lake valley, something along the lines of pick the date when snow will be visible on the Wasatch Front from the parking lot at work, 7a.m.


PM me if you're interested in a friendly wager. Say, a sixer of good beer to the winner?

Where do you work? And what do you have a view of?


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builttospill wrote:
stymingersfink wrote:
I'd like to set up a pool with the climbers in the Salt Lake valley, something along the lines of pick the date when snow will be visible on the Wasatch Front from the parking lot at work, 7a.m.


PM me if you're interested in a friendly wager. Say, a sixer of good beer to the winner?

Where do you work? And what do you have a view of?
I usually work all over the valley and coming soon to a tower near you... but the parking lot of reference will be located at 17th south & West Temple in SLC. This parking lot offers a pretty good view from the capitol area all the way down to point of the mountain. Oquirrhs are also viewable, but they're not the Wasatch, are they?

The 7 a.m. thing is to say that if it snows after sunset, it is presumed to have fallen on the date of the following sunrise. It can't melt off before we get to see it. If the clouds lift to reveal a fresh dusting of white stuff at two in the afternoon, then that's the day.

Game on? PM me the date of your choice.


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Well, spent a few days in the Sierra highcountry, just east of Tioga. We hiked out yesterday afternoon after awaking to a phenomenal sunrise. The winds had picked up, bringing frozen crystal clouds placing a halo over Mt Conness. Packed up camp, rounded up the dogs and made the two mile hike to the parking lot.

This morning, at the folks cabin near Virginia Lakes, we got to enjoy our morning coffee gazing over a mountain landscape dusted with about an inch of graupel. We brushed off the truck, loaded up the gear and are now approaching Elko.


As an aside, how many of you have driven the I-80 from Reno to Salt Lake? Pretty much B-Fuckin-E, eh? Saw a state trooper on that section of road for the first time in three trips over the past several months. He promptly wrote me a ticket for five over the limit. I was doing 85 in a 75. He thought he was doing me a favor. A section of road regularly traveled at over 90mph by pretty much everyone. MILES from anywhere even remotely close to nowhere. Crazy

...and people wonder why I have an intense dislike cops. Go figure.

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