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.
Sunday afternoon. The ice is slowly trying to rebuild after being hit hard last week. Several standard climbs are in but many were destroyed. Chapel Pond saw the most climbing as usual yesterday and today. The snow is still absent with microspikes being necessary on most hikes or full crampons on the icier trails. Much colder weather coming Thursday!
Chapel Pond Region – The Canyon climbs, Crystal Ice Tower (thin) and Chouinard’s are still ok. Power Play is mostly wiped out as is Big Brother and Lilith (which were excellent the last few weeks). The Slab has also lost a lot of ice and is bare rock at the start…
Cascade Pass Region – Pitch-Off Left and Right are in while the Quarry has thinned considerably. Cascade Falls and Sister’s Left have lost significant ice and are not in. Cascade Ice dance is gone.
North Side of Pitch-Off – Screw and Climax and Weeping Winds are probably too thin right now but they should come back. The other climbs back there were fat and should weather this thaw…
Poke-O-Moonshine – Dangerous.
Mineville Pillar – Was wiped out and has just begun to rebuild. It comes back quickly in cold weather though…
Roaring Brook falls – Not in…Will come in if the predicted cold weather comes later this week.
Multi-Gulley – In
Chillar Pillar – Probably still there…
REMOTE/BACK COUNTY CLIMBS
Underwood Canyon – Big Blue should still be in.
Avalanche Pass – Did have some good ice back there…
Pharaoh Mountain – ?
Gothics North Face – Was climbed a few days ago but no report…
Palisades – Dangerous.
Elk Pass – In