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Jarred_Jackman

South Side and Old Chute

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Conditions for climbing are great right now. Conditions for skiing or boarding down totally suck. We took the old chute and there was a boot-packed staircase most of the way. Heading down was the hardest part as we had to down climb rather than plunge step. One guy tried plunging and he quickly fell/slid to the bottom of the steam vent area below Crater Rock. There were some pieces of rime falling but mostly human caused. Temps were nearing 50 on the summit!

 

No gear or ropes needed.

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One guy tried plunging and he quickly fell/slid to the bottom of the steam vent area below Crater Rock.

 

That doesn't sound good, and neither did the riding. :( At least it was a nice day. :)

 

Was riding above Palmer terrible and did you come down the groomed run once you reached it?

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I was up there today too, and while the weather was beautiful, the heat inversion was a disaster for climbing....icefall was horrendous and unsafe.....everyone I saw was turning around....we tried to skirt up low above hot rocks, but retreated....way too dangerous. A guy near us got tagged and had to be helped off the mountain.

 

Are you speaking of a different day perhaps? Cause today was really sketchy up high in my opinion......

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My brother and I climbed the old chute early Saturday morning. We summited right before sunrise and the climbing was great. Barely any ice coming down. If you're going to climb in these temps, it's best to go early while everything is still frozen. Couldn't believe how many people were just coming up when we got back to Palmer. I think it was 40 degrees by then...

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I think Saturday was a totally different deal.....we were at hogsback before sunrise this morning and there was already shit coming down.....but you're right....it always amazes me how many people will be coming up late in the day.....

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True. I was skiing at Bachelor today and it was HOT (not in the Paris Hilton way)...although it was actually pretty fun. We were fortunate to have very little wind on Saturday once we got to the hogsback which helped greatly.

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I went up the old chute on Saturday around 12. Summitted at 1230. The only icefall I experienced was human-caused and pretty minimal. Sunday was probably a different story because of two having two consecutive days of high temps.

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