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Feb 25, 2004, 7:09 PM
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When is it safe to climb Salathe Wall without ice fall?
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Does anyone have any experience or suggestions as to when it would be safe to climb Freeblast (first 10 pitches of Salathe Wall) without fear of falling ice?

I was hoping for this weekend, but given the recent winter conditions in Yosemite, even if it is clear on the weekend I'm not encouraged by what the ice conditions from above would be.


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Does anyone have any experience or suggestions as to when it would be safe to climb Freeblast (first 10 pitches of Salathe Wall) without fear of falling ice?

I was hoping for this weekend, but given the recent winter conditions in Yosemite, even if it is clear on the weekend I'm not encouraged by what the ice conditions from above would be.

Since the snow line is a 3000 today, and the storm is expected to continue until Friday, I'd say that there's a good chance the top of El Cap will be icy this weekend. Beware of the missiles that launch when the rock warms up. Bring your binos to see what you're up against from the meadow.


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go for it. I was just there a couple of weeks ago after some heavy snows and it looked (from walking along the base) that the free blast will be dry and relatively free of flying ice. If it sunny and above 25 degrees you should be quite comfortable. I was overheating on the rock when it was '45' degrees and sunny.
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