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Doug_Hutchinson

Cody Conditions 3/13-14/10

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South facing climbs are essentially gone with still decent climbing on the north facing.

 

Can still cross the South Fork on ice bridges near the Cabin Creek confluence but I assume, with more warm temps, the last bridge (about 1/4 mile upstream of where trail comes down) will be gone in a week = bring sandals.

 

Did the classic two-day combo of Mean Green and High on Boulder in the more classic 3-1/2 day trip from SEA/PDX. The crux pitch of Mean Green was very wet and offered poor pro but was still in and felt maybe 4+/5-. However, this pillar could be out soon (like w/in two weeks tops). The upper slabs (we did the right) were still surprisingly hard/brittle. Crux pitch on High on Boulder was also very wet but fat.

 

Went from Spring (day time highs above 40F) on Saturday, to Fall to Winter (4" new on Sunday morning) back to Spring in about 48 hrs.

 

This was my first trip there. Not saying this to be a contrarian, but the approaches were simple (less than 90 minutes mostly on trails with little vertical gain), the grades were nowhere near sandbagged and the routes can be dispatched surprisingly quickly. Cody is definitely awesome but its rep somewhat exceeds reality IMHO.

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Went there for the first time in January and definitely found the approach to MG to be quite a bit quicker than anything else we did. The other routes we did looked significantly closer to the road than they were. Cody is pretty rad though.

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You picked two of the easiest approaches (for major routes) and also trade routes which are extremely fat this season. There is definitely big adventure to be had in the Southfork!

 

Glad you had a good time! Head back and try out some of the harder routes next season, there's lots to do!!

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I like ice climbing in Cody.

 

 

 

...just wanted to join in the Doug ice thread.

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It's not that the approaches are long, they just look closer than they are. Grades are relative, try the crux pitch of mean green again in early dec:)-

 

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