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jumar


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Temps are dropping here in Utah. Thought I'd start a conditions thread for Utah. Anyone going out this weekend to try to find ice?


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the price-cicle ought to be in. A call to Hansen Mountaineering in Orem should yield info about that since I think the Serac Club went down on thanksgiving. I don't think PC is in, but there is easy stuff up the Aspen Grove trail a mile if you've got skis or snowshoes.

Not sure about the ice up in Ogden or GWI, would be interested to hear.


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price-cicle was in two weeks ago, with the warmer temps we had over the last week it's probably in a reforming state. I was driving through provo canyon on thanksgiving, dry as a bone, relatively speaking.

should be good by the time I get home however.








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word on another website is that GWI is good to go, but scruffy is not in at all. Haven't checked myself, but may go up tomorrow.


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just confirmed that GWI is in. First pitch is a bit thin, and so is the final bulge to the right on the very last section. Neither would take pro well at this point, but you can avoid the latter by moving left to easier ground and the first section is easy enough by itself that most won't NEED to protect it.

Get after it.


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Stairway is coming in nicely, but I saw a sign that the area is closed for avalanche control. I think i'll head to Joe's this weekend


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I think that sign was because on Thursday UDOT was sighting in their howitzer, according to the Utah Avalanche website. Not sure it should still be up but I'll avoid it anyway.

How are the bridal veil flows looking, and what about the stuff further east in the canyon?


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today (sunday, dec 3) my partner and I climbed to the base of P5 on stairway. The P5 left pillar is mostly there,, though the top appeared scary-thin WI5+ conditions. No guarantees on how well it's bonded to the rock at the top!

P3 was wetter than usual. P4 has the left pillar forming, though it has not touched down quite yet.

Also of note on stairway was the absence of any flow from last years farming efforts above P5... anyone have any beta on what happened to the hoses?

From what I was seeing, almost everything on the South side of the creek is in climbing shape, with the exception of the Fang, the tube of which has not yet closed.

Miller's Thriller, Post Nasal Drip, Finger of Fate, the stuff left of Bridal Veil, BVR, White Nightmare, the two climbs west of Stairway are IN... get it while its cold!







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Joe's is coming in as well. CCC is in, Highway and Wolfenstein looked climbable on Saturday.


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Right, I'd love it if folks kept this updated, as there are no regular updates like there are for SW Colorado (Vince) and Lee Vining (Doug). So, I'm thinking of heading out to Utah any conditions reports on:

Stairway to Heaven
White Nightmare and the routes around the falls
Storm Mountain Falls
Scottish Gully
The Donorsicle ( and other routes at Joe's)
Get Whacked (and other routes at Maple)

Thanks for any info

Brian


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No word yet on maple, I doubt there has been enough snow in the high country to feed the flows yet, though I could be totally off base with that one... it's certainly been cold enough down there.

Stairway was looking good last week, though tonight I heard second-hand information which leads me to believe that P5 has collapsed. Tomorrow will tell for sure.

White Nightmare, Bridalveil and routes east were looking good last week with the exception of the Fang, probably in similar shape tonight.

Joe's is an early season sure-thing, but haven't been there to check it out in quite some time. Post above was reporting forming conditions,, probably hasn't changed much.

Scottish Gully... Why Bother? Since we haven't gotten much snow in the last week it's probably safe to climb, but its a no-go after a storm due to its location in an avalanche path.

Storm Mountain, like Mahlen's, requires an inversionary system, or a cold snap with cloud cover. Due to their southern exposure you've gotta get them the day they come in or till sunny weather returns. VERY fickle those two are.

Perhaps I'll have an update for the BV area tomorrow night, if I have time to post.







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As of Thursday the 7th, the flows in Bridal Veil were looking good, white nightmare was climbable. We messed around on the flows at the base of stairway and it was fat.


These guys say Joe's is in. I don't know any better.

http://www.utahclimbers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1971


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Thanks for the beta. I've climbed all the routes I listed, so other suggestions would certainly be welcome. I did Storm Mountain and Scottish Gully on the same day and thought Scottish Gully was a blast. I'll keep "bumping" this thread through the season; thanks in advance for the beta.

Brian


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I haven't gotten out lately, but PC looks like it's in good shape. Anyone have conditions to report?


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I'm hoping that Joes will be in for the weekend after Christmas. Anyone have word on the current conditions at Joes?


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Joe's will be in good shape. At least CCC and Highway to Heaven. I bet Donnercicle is getting better too. Not sure on wolfenstein or the others.


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Can anyone suggest any online resources for route information in and or around Maple Canyon?


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Bump! Any specific conditions would be much appreciated. I may be in UT the first week in January, but will have to wait to see what I can hear about conditions. The San Juans are looking great right now, so I may end up doing the extra drive.

How is Utah looking my friends?

Brian


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I'll be out on Friday hopefully so I can report more then, but all I know is that it's 12 degrees in pleasant grove right now (about 12 minutes from the mouth of provo canyon) so I'm guessing conditions there are quite good. 10 day forecast has the absolute high at 37 here in the valley, so it should be good for awhile.


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I live in about 30 miles south of Maple and it was 3'F this morning at about 6:30...about a week and a half ago i went up maple and none of the major flows of the road had formed in thick yet but definetly was forming ice...might head up there tommorow to see how this cold spell is treating them...anyone interested in a climbing partner for maple should drop me a line


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maple requires snow loads in the high country, followed by 33+ degree days to get the water flowing. once it hits the low-country it will freeze up quite nicely. With the storm that's pounding us now, I'd expect to see some thick ice with the next few slightly warmish days.

Yeah!







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thanks for the beta on maple, stymi.

nice quote


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Went up Stairway yesterday to the top of 5, it was FAT! Everything on the south side up the canyon from there was in with the exception of the Fang.

Hiked up to climb on Malen's today, which was in pretty nice, but didn't get to climb on it. Had an issue with my dog which required a 45 minute hike out with her on my back, then a visit to the pet ER. Oh well.

Heard reports that things are still too cold to get good ice forming in Maple yet. As I stated before, we need snow in the high country (got it) followed by warm days to get the water flowing. If anyone has better conditions reports from there I would be happy to see them.


A bit O/T, word is Cody was in the best shape EVER last year, but even better THIS year. Anyone planning on heading up that way for the Cody Ice Fest?







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Now y'all are making me cry:

I'm gonna be in SLC Jan 24-27, and will not have time to climb any of this fat ice of which you speak.

Mad


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I would consider climbing in Cody, went there last year and loved it. Hope to get out later this week/ weekend PROVO!!!
Just got back from Ouray and would like to keep the momentum going. Phat Ice = good stuff!!!
Anybody???
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