Conditions Update 11.9.11

It’s that time of year again, time to head to the high country in search of ICE!

There’s ice up at Mount Lincoln, Mt Evans and some spots in the Park.

Also, Vince Anderson has some great tips on getting your gear ready for the season.

Conditions Update 11.9.11

Redstone Winterfest

The annual Redstone Winterfest is coming up February 19th & 20th in the town of Redstone, Colorado. There will be gear demos, movies, raffles, and more. Rock & Ice magazine reports that the ice in the area is currently in great condition. Visit their website for more info.

Redstone Winterfest

  • January 28th, 2011
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Conditions Update 1.24.11

Things are fat in many areas, and ice climbing in Colorado is in full swing. Here’s a brief rundown, check out the conditions page for the full low down:

The Front Range has had a rough winter ice wise, but there are some options in Rocky Mountain Park.

Vail is good as usual, with the Fang touching down recently and many new mixed routes to flail on.

Ouray is good, with the ice park and Skylight area presenting numerous options. The Ribbon is also reportedly in great shape this year.

The usual suspects are in around Redstone, including Avocado Gully and the Redstone Pillar.

Apparently there is even some ice in Colorado National Monument!

Conditions Update 1.24.11

  • January 24th, 2011
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New Mixed Routes in Vail

The Colorado Mountain Journal has an article showing off some of the new mixed climbs in Vail. They look like good “entry” level climbs for those wanting to get into drytooling.

Also, the conditions page has been updated. Fat ice all over the state.

New Mixed Routes in Vail

Man Falls 100 Feet When Fang Collapses Under Him

As being reported at the Colorado Mountain Journal, and Splitter Choss, a climber recently fell 100 feet when the route he was climbing, the Fang in Vail, collapsed underneath him. From the Summit Daily:

“Alan Bosworth, an engineer with the Vail Fire Department, said a portion of The Fang broke loose with the climber on it, sending him plummeting down about 100 feet, the equivalent of a 10-story fall.

Crews from the Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue and the Eagle County Ambulance District responded to a call at 1:14 p.m. reporting the fall. It took crews about 45 minutes to snowmobile and hike into the area where the victim had fallen, and about another 45 minutes to get him out.

Scott Smith, owner of the Apex Mountain School, said he has not climbed The Fang this winter and guesses not many people, if any, have climbed it this winter before Tuesday. The formation has only recently filled in to the point where someone might consider leading it, meaning they’re climbing it from the ground up, Smith said.”

Read the rest here.