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Colfax Ice - Oct 6 2018

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Since I'm sure a few people are wondering about ice on Colfax, here's a few pics from yesterday (Oct 6). Pics show the Polish Route (img_7876), Cosley-Houston (7877) and Ford's Theatre (7881). We thought the ice looked a touch too thin for us so climbed the West Ridge to connect into the upper snow slopes of the CH. Descending to the Kulshan-Colfax Col was straightforward with one rap off a ...block (?) at the final shrund. The Colman Glacier is more broken up than I've ever seen and was a humongous pain in the butt to descend. There's a full width crevasse at 2650m that we snuck around on climber's left against the rocks. 

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Question is if the pillar is touching or not. Lower section even thin, has low enough angle to climb through. Originally I gave route R rating for a reason. 

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Cool, thanks for the early season stoke! 

How was the West Ridge?  I don't think it is in the Beckey or Alpine Select guides and I've never heard anything about it before.  You should write up a TR.  

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20 hours ago, bellows said:

Cool, thanks for the early season stoke! 

How was the West Ridge?  I don't think it is in the Beckey or Alpine Select guides and I've never heard anything about it before.  You should write up a TR.  

Thanks! We hadn't seen anything about it before either but seems pretty unlikely that someone hasn't scrambled up it. Just posted a TR!

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