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  1. [TR] Cody - Classics 2/21/2010

    Great work by all. I miss Cody! Looks like good conditions overall, especially Cabin Fever. When I climbed it, the top of Cabin Fever collapsed AFTER I climbed it. Pitch 4 of MG looks stout! How did Moretorium look?
  2. Trip: Hyalite Canyon - Various Date: 1/24/2010 Trip Report: As my wife and I are expecting our third child in March, free time to climb ice is hard to come by these days. Got kitchen pass to go on a short trip so Lukic and I flew into Bozeman. Over the last two years, we’ve been to Cody almost exclusively and having never been to Hyalite, we were eager to check it out. With the Winter Dance book in hand, we were ready!! From the time we landed in Bozeman on Friday evening to Sunday evening, it snowed consistently. The roads were sketchy at times but we managed to get in and out without any problems. Having 4WD helped. First day, we got little late start so we headed up into Genesis area and first climbed Hang Over (WI3), then traversed over to G2 (WI3+), then rapped down into G1 and top roped the right side (WI 4+), then climbed G1 left side (WI3). Me leading Hangover Genesis 2 Lukic leading G2 Second day, got much earlier start and hiked back into Dribbles area. Took 1 hour on the trail to get to the area where we get off the trail. Another 30 minutes to wade through deep powder and we were at the base of Dribbles (WI4). Fun route….even though Lukic stole my crux pitch! He accidentally combined the 2nd and 3rd pitch as described in the guide book! The second pitch was so short, that he just kept going! It’s a rope stretcher but good lead nonetheless. Approaching Dribbles Climb looks PHAT! On the hike out, we saw couple of teams on Mummy Cooler II and The Scepter. They looked Phat too! It’ll have to wait till next time. Hyalite was fun. Good ice conditions right now and for the most part, there are places you can go that’s low avy danger and still get a good workout. I’m sure I’ll be heading back there next year but for this year…one last trip to Cody to finish off Moretorium and maybe Mean Green?? =)
  3. Hyalite/Cody Ice

    Find anyone for Cody beginning of the year? Lukic and I will be there 1/1 to 1/4.
  4. Ice Climbing

    I'll meet you in Cody =) In Feb, can't really take long time offs.... email me dude!!
  5. Climbed NF Saturday with my partner. There were maybe 7-8 parties climbing or lining up to climb NE Butt. We skirted around, got on the NF and had the route to our selves! First pitch little thin at the start. Second and Third pitches were a cruiser! Started from parking lot around 9:30am or so and back to the car at 4:30pm. Of course, now the new snow so all bets are off for a little while atleast! Gear Notes: 3 screws (13cm) Cams to 1.0" 1 fluke (used) 1 picket (used) Had pins but never used Had set of nuts but did not use single and double slings 1 60m rope
  6. Cody- where to stay?

    In the lone campsite by Deer Creek is my bet. All but one time I've been to Cody, I camped out.
  7. Cascade River Road...

    So I take it the washout is before the Boston Basin pullout?
  8. [TR] Mt.Stuart - Full North Ridge 7/19/2009

    Great job Matt. There's always next year...but I keep saying that about many climbs! We did the Ice cliff couple of weeks after I met you on Eldorado NW Couloir...quite the difference from your recent picture.
  9. [TR] Bear Creek Spire, CA - North Arete III 5.8

    Great pics!! My partner, Mike Dahlquest and I climbed this thing about a month ago. We did the NE Ridge but got off route up higher...and I think we ended up on the upper North Arete. The climbing there was much harder in our climbing boots! Thanks for the photos.
  10. Mt. Stuart - Sherpa Glacier

    Good point Noah. Glad to hear I am not the only person. I was starting to question my navigation skills.
  11. Sweeet Tyler. Way to go after it dude! Glad to see you guys are getting out. When do you leave for OAK?
  12. Rod, what a story. Remember we almost got hit by rock fall (6 years ago??) in the cleaver area? Courtney jumped to the left, I jumped right, and the helmet size rock went right between us. Lucky for us, you saw the rock coming down....or else we would have been toast. Glad you are ok. Hope we can get out for alpine rock soon.
  13. Mt. Stuart - Sherpa Glacier

    That approach to/from Mtn Crk TH to North side of stuart has got me all confused (and I am not talking about the trail to Stuart Lake). I've gone in there twice now (Ice Cliff and SGC), and both times, I ended up in the terrible boulder field high above, rather then ending up on the faint trail next to the creek. By the time I realized we were too high, I didn't want to lose elevation so we just stuck with following the terrible cairns through the boulde field! On the way out, we would drop down to the creek..and everything goes fine on the tail...until near the end, where the trail seems to disappear and you're left to bushwhack and look for the log crossings. This last time, we crossed the creek back over to find the trail and ended up in a swamp, where we got attacked by 100's of mosquitos. Am I the only person having hard time with this approach/hike-out? Any insight is appreciated.
  14. Chimbo, we met you guys at the TH. Glad to share beer with you guys. We were on Ice Cliff Glacier when that storm moved in on us. We were close to topping out on the couloir but decided to bail due to weather and not sure how long it was going to last. Not an easy route to bail as we ended up with multiple raps off nuts, deadman, v-thread... About 20 min. after we got out of the ice cliff glacier proper, either avalanche or serac fall swept the same slope we were on!! Yikes, certainly was an adventure.
  15. [TR] Rainier - Liberty Ridge 6/16/2009

    right on...any pics? Planning to go up this weekend. Thanks for the beta!
  16. [TR] Eldorado - NW Couloir 5/25/2009

    We did the Eldo approach. All snow from about 4500 - 5000 ft. Basically, the first boulder field is snow-free. Then above that, we got on the avalanche debri field on the climbers right, which was hard and compact, then at about the 5000 ft level, mash potato....hit it early in the morning or later in the evening, unless you plan to bring flotation. The route will be in. In the ice pitches, I sunk 13cm screws no problem and even 16 took in few times I used it. I remember the sun hitting the upper parts...above the ice pitches at about 11:30am. That was the first ray of sun while in the couloir, so the route stays in the shade most of the day. Good luck!
  17. [TR] Eldorado - NW Couloir 5/25/2009

    Hey Matt, thanks for the shower....ice showers that is =) Nice to meet you and Chad on the route. Eiji
  18. Fantastic pics! The route was also completed by team of flatnose (Adam) and Quazimoto (Kevin) on 2/7 - 2/8. Congrats to all.
  19. Trip: Southfork of Shoshone River (Cody, WY) - Stringer/High on Boulder Date: 1/30/2009 Trip Report: Second trip to Cody this year. This time, I had specific climbs in mind that I wanted to finish and do. For one, I only climbed the first pitch (WI3) of Stringer last time. This time, I wanted to check out what's beyond the first pitch. The second pitch was nothing more then tiered WI2. Then, I coaxed Lukic into slogging another 20-30 min (?) in sometimes deep snow to the last pitch (WI3). Good warm-up day. Stringer Lukic looking solid on P1 Slogging up to P3 Me having fun on P3 Rapping off this mother... These guys did not want to move for nothing....so we did Next day, we were eyeing the uber classic High on Boulder (WI4). HOB is on left...the right hand fork is called Moonrise (140m, WI5). The left hand variation at the top of second pitch is called Save It For Later (50m, WI3+) Next objective...maybe next year. The lower pitch and upper pitches of Mean Green (Winter Dance book calls it one of the top ten routes in N. America). Getting an early start, we were the first ones to the base of High On Boulder. Crossing the river turned out to be pretty easy as we found areas of solid ice...but just in case, I was prepared with flip-flops (and Lukic with his tenni's). An hour and 15 min later, we were saddling up for the climb. The main flow is climbed in three pitches. Lukic led the first 50m of WI3, which meant that I would be tackling the 2nd WI4 pitch. At the top of 3rd pitch, we contemplated for a bit whether to hike another 1/4 mile for the last 20m curtain (WI3+). What the hell, we are up here already and have tons of daylight...so I start off with an another slog fest. Lukic confidently lead the last pitch and we called it a day. Lukic P1 Me approaching the headwall of P2 My arms tired...my calves are aching!! After topping out of the main flow, I semi-relax and take in the beautiful scenery across the valley. Almost to the fourth pitch...I can do it, I can do it... Lukic on P4 If we were actually good climbers, we would have climbed the last pitch. The Pillar of Pain (WI5) was technically a part of the first ascent but it is seldon climbed today...therefore considered a separate climb all together. This place is awesome!! Man, what a fantastic trip. We were originally planning to climb 3 days but since we climbed our asses off in two days, we elected to catch a earlier flight back to Seattle and catch some of the Superbowl game....actually, I need to do more pull-ups and squats...I was pretty much wasted after 2 days!! Approach Notes: lots of snow this year! But finally, the avy danger seems to have subsided.
  20. Colchuck Lake Conditions - 16th Jan

    Thanks Ade, great TR and congrats! How is the road condition up to the Trailhead? skiiable? Thanks
  21. Avalanche Fatality in Cody, WY

    In Cody climbing right now. There is a ton of snow here. Yesterday, started snowing around 2pm and by the time we rapped off Broken Hearts, some 2-3" on the ground and more was coming down.
  22. Mount Hood Conditions

    Wow, great pics Mountain_shot. Good to meet you up there. Should hire you for my next climb!
  23. Mount Hood Conditions

    Billbob, were you on the mountain Saturday? My friend and I drove down, hoping to do Reid or Devils Kitchen..but we started late (5:20am). I ended up meeting Oleg and his female friend up at top of Palmer. We ended up doing the route that traverses left from top of hogsback...what is now the more popular route then Pearly Gates?? Is it called the Old Chute? West Crater?? Not much snow and good amount of ice up there. Glad I had two tools for downclimbing the route. Since it was noon-ish, we were dodge-balling chunks of ice coming down from above. Got hit in both legs and one arm....took tiny ones off of the helmet. Good training for me and especially for my partner (who lugged a 60m rope all the way without once taking it out of his pack). Cheers!
  24. Mount Hood Conditions

    Ice is what we are after of course! billbob, could you give us a report after your trip?
  25. Mount Hood Conditions

    Would anyone know if Reid Headwall would be a "go" sometime this weekend? Don't know much about Hood conditions being that we are up in SEA. Thanks