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WARNING – Please read:

Ice climbing is truly a dangerous activity. Care and judgment born out of experience are imperative. Weather and ice conditions change hourly and what may appear to be “good conditions” to one climber may not be so to another. Please remember that just because a conditions report says that a particular climb is “in”, each individual is ultimately responsible for making his/her own climbing decisions.

GENERAL SCENE

3/27/14 - Thursday afternoon-  Gorgeous day! Blue skies, no wind and low 30s. Best ski day of the year so far. Also best climbing day! The trails are packed but there is plenty of snow. Back in the higher elevations there is tons of snow! The ice is still fat and in great shape. The only complaint anyone has lodged is that the climbs are really pegged out, just put your tool in the hole and step up…But things will soon thaw a bit and start to soften and heal. the weekend is warmer and so is next week. We should go into mid April this year! Truly a great time to be here and in the mountains, hiking, skiing, ice climbing or mountaineering!

 

CLIMBS/AREAS

Chapel Pond Region -  Lions and Hot Shot are holding up well (pegged out)while Whales and Ice Slot are still ok but getting thinner…Positive Reinforcement is excellent! Crystal Ice Tower, White Line Fever and Chouinard’s are all in. Power Play and Big Brother aren’t.

Cascade Pass Region – Still climbable but the sun in the next few days will make things thin, soft and possibly scary…

North Side of Pitch-Off - Screw and Climbaxe and Weeping Winds aren’t in…The other standard climbs back there are fine.

Poke-O-Moonshine – Pok-o has had an excellent year so far…. The Waterfall is in but Positive Thinking is getting hammered and is no longer safe. the waterfall is day to day as to how safe it is…

Mineville Pillar – In but is its usual March-like snowcone climb…

Roaring Brook falls – Still in as of today but will begin to deteriorate with the warmer, sunny weather…

Multi-Gulley – In but thin at the start…

Chillar Pillar -  In…

REMOTE/BACK COUNTY CLIMBS

Underwood Canyon – Big Blue is probably still in…

Avalanche Pass - The Trap Dyke is excellent! – Still a few other climbs in back there…

Pharaoh Mountain – ? may be too sun drenched by now…

Gothics North Face -  Should be in…any reports?

Palisades – Dangerous

Elk Pass – In…

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