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Slick Rock

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High, just look around the whole Lake Fork creek, and over the top of the summit, Lick Creek drainages. But I think you may be a little late for this year. The following is snipped from today's NOAA forecast discussion:

 

.LONG TERM...THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...FIRST WAVE OF UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT/FRIDAY...WITH THE MAIN LOW AND COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE FORECAST AREA ON SATURDAY. GFS INDICATES A BRIEF BREAK IN THE PRECIPITATION MAY BE POSSIBLE ON FRIDAY BETWEEN THE FIRST WAVE AND MAIN LOW ON SATURDAY...BUT FOR NOW HAVE CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN A SLIGHT CHANCE OF POPS IN THE FORECAST DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY UNTIL THERE IS BETTER CONFIDENCE. MODELS CONTINUE TO INDICATE A LONG PLUME OF DEEP MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM ON SATURDAY...WITH PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES OF 0.75-1.00 INCHES. HAVE CONTINUED TO TREND POPS UPWARD ON SATURDAY AS CONFIDENCE IN THE FORECAST INCREASES. PASSAGE OF SATURDAYS COLD FRONT WILL CREATE GUSTY WINDS...AND MAY TRIGGER CONVECTION IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. HAVE ADDED A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TO THE FORECAST SATURDAY...MAINLY IN THE WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS.

TEMPERATURES AND SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL BEHIND THE FRONT...WITH SNOW EXPECTED ABOVE 6000 FEET BY SATURDAY NIGHT. UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST OF THE REGION ON SUNDAY...FOR A GRADUAL DECREASE IN POPS ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. MODELS CONTINUE TO DIFFER LATE IN THE EXTENDED...BUT OVERALL PATTERN LOOKS TO REMAIN UNSETTLED. HAVE CONTINUED TO TREND FORECAST CLOSER TO CLIMATOLOGY TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS.

 

If you are caught on slick rock in a thunderstorm, good luck. Every crack line, and especially the main route, becomes a gully washer. It's pretty terrifying to see one of those from the road, looking back and thinking what it might have been like if I was still up there.

 

 

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I was at Slick Rock on September 21st. This is what it looked like.

 

 

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It wasn't too bad that day, but the day before there were showers. When we got there it was a little drippy. Thus the name Slick ;) I'm sure we could have climbed, but we had other things going on that day.

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Oh snap, I stand corrected. Steeper than I remember from the 2 times I climbed it in the summer, about 7 years ago. I assume the road in there is not plowed in winter so you would need to ski or take a snow machine in there to ice climb?

 

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