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talons05


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Lamb's Slide, East face of Long's Peak, RMNP CO
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I have a trip coming up July 19th, and I'm looking for beta on the Lamb's slide to summit Long's. I'm also interested in any other moderate snow routes that might still be in season during this time... Any beta would be appreciated, thanks!

A.W.


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The most obvious choices are to climb Lamb's Slide to Broadway, traverse the ledge and climb either the Notch or Kiener's. A lesser known and much easier option is to take Lamb's Slide to the Loft and follow Clark's Arrow to the summit. Lamb's Slide is fairly trivial as far as a snow/AI route is concerned. If you decide on Kiener's or the Notch, Alexander's Chimney or Stettner's are great moderate rock routes to Broadway.

All the routes are documented in the various 14er guide books.


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Climbing Lambs slide would be a very bad idea.

Due to several drought years in a row lambs slide has become a VERY DANGEROUS route. The amount of rock fall coming down it everyday is almost unbelievable. I have several friends who had near misses.
While climbing on the Diamond I couldn't believe the rocks I saw coming off of Lambs slide all day.
You should reconsider climbing this route for a few years.

Maybe look at Dream weaver.

Hope you find something good to climb!!!

josh


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If you are in the area, you may want to check some climbs out in the Indian Peaks, just south of RMNP. Access and approaches are about the same as RMNP, and you can get backcountry permits in Boulder at the National Forest Ranger Station. St. Mary's Glacier, a bit off the I-70 corridor is another option, with about a 5 minute approach.

http://www.climbingboulder.com has a nice slection of these routes listed.

Enjoy!


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is alexanders still in? Not what I would call a moderate snow route. LOL.


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Climbing Lambs slide would be a very bad idea.

Due to several drought years in a row lambs slide has become a VERY DANGEROUS route. The amount of rock fall coming down it everyday is almost unbelievable.

This really depends on weather conditions, but Josh is right to advise against it. Right now or earlier it might be safer to climb it, but I reckon by mid-July it will be very dangerous.

I was out there last year around mid July climbing on the Diamond and right around sun-hit (noon) I watched many blocks tumble down the lamb's slide - including one the size of a refridgerator.


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Just out of curiosity, generally when does Lamb's come back in for the winter? A buddy and I were pondering doing Lamb's/Notch next winter...


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I guided up there for 4 years and have probably done Keiner's 50 times. I haven't been up there in a few years so treat this post with the dis-respect it deserves.

Generally speaking we used to consider Lamb's Slide safe as long as there was spring snow on it. Once that melted to year-old ice or neve, we'd find another route. Safest bet is to hug the left side or climb the rock rib on the left, then cut straight across at B-way height. Even in dry years (Yeah we had them in the 70's and 80's, too), Keiner's was negotiable 'till it was a bulletproof ice flow.

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There are 2 tricky spots: Getting off B-way at the Notch Coulior and getting from the top of the Giant Staircase onto the summit scree. Read the guides, look on climbingboulder.com and follow your nose.
Good luck,
Malcolm


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Its looking like I will be in RMNP from the last week in June till the end of the first week in July - what condition are the Flying Dutchman, Notch Couloir, and Dream Weaver in? Also what guidebook besides www.climbingboulder.com would have info on the Indian Peaks or St Mary's glacier?

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Jee wiz folks. Lets set the story straight.

Lambs Slide is about 1000 feet and it is a year-round snow and ice field. In the late summer and fall it is ice, the rest of the time it is snow. Nothing technical about it in the late spring and early summer, just good corn snow for feet. I skied it last summer, rad at about 60 degrees. Lambs Slide only takes you to Broadway. To the top you will have to take Notch couloir or Kiener's. Lambs Slide doesn't go to the Loft in any direct manner. Kiener's is great summer climb. Two 5.4 pitches then scramble to the top. A+

The rock danger that was mentioned is over stated and a little wrong. The rock fall is coming from the Notch Couloir and landing on Lambs Slide. This happens in the afternoon during the late summer and fall. Climbing in the morning.

The park has other route that are snow climbs. Dream Weaver (not hard), Y Couloir on Ypsilon and many others. The snow is melting fast this year.

MD


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Speaking of RMNP, when does Spearhead's North Ridge typically come in condition (dry rock)? How about the approach? I'd like to get up there mid-june. Is that too ambitious? Being a transplanted desert rat, I'm still getting up to speed with anticipating alpine conditions.

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Bump - Any beta on Spearhead?

Thanks.


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The rock danger that was mentioned is over stated and a little wrong. The rock fall is coming from the Notch Couloir and landing on Lambs Slide. This happens in the afternoon during the late summer and fall. Climbing in the morning.

Lets get a couple of things straight.

#1 The last 3 years I have seen with my own eyes the rock fall coming down lambs slide- and I'm not talking late August- more like early July.

#2 There was an area RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE of this "year round" snow and ice field that was completly snow and ice-less. An area approximately the 20 ft across.

#3 When I climb up Mills glacier a 2 summers ago to climb a diamond route it was almost gone. Be aware that in the last few years colorado has experienced a drought- Stuff that is usually considered "year round" hasn't been lately.

#4 You're new here, Don't be a jerk.

josh


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Speaking of RMNP, when does Spearhead's North Ridge typically come in condition (dry rock)? How about the approach? I'd like to get up there mid-june. Is that too ambitious? Being a transplanted desert rat, I'm still getting up to speed with anticipating alpine conditions.

Spearhead should be fine in mid june.

The approach has several climbers shortcuts that are easy to miss in the dark. If you look at a topo it is pretty straight forward where they go. This would be a great use for a gps.


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How about the approach? I'd like to get up there mid-june.

Mid june should be fine.

Keep in mind though that you will have to take the shuttle bus, Thus eliminating the true Alpine start.

If you plan to go CTC in a day(which is totally possible and even recommended!) Keep in m,ind that you won't be able to get the earliest of start's. Check with the park concerning shuttle times...I THINK the earliest is 6am.

Good luck and HAVE FUN!!

josh


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Flamer

Thanks for getting the story just right. So really, thanks for cutting on me and making you look so good and knowledgeable.

Thanks for being so upstanding and the emotional guide on the forum.

MD


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Flamer

Thanks for getting the story just right. So really, thanks for cutting on me and making you look so good and knowledgeable.

Thanks for being so upstanding and the emotional guide on the forum.

MD

You're welcome.

If you reread your original post I think you'll notice that the old saying "what goes around, comes around" will be used well.

josh


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Ok, so I haven't been able to find anything on "Dream Weaver" Aaargh... I'm just going to do the chimney to broadway and then do Keiners or something. Are there any moderate snow routes that will still be in season anywhere in CO?

A.W.

P.S. Thanks for all the info everyone.


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http://climbingboulder.com/ice/db/rocky_mountain_national_park/long_s_peak_mt__meeker_cirque/dreamweaver.html


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dreamweaver probably won't be much fun in mid to late july. the snow climbing is really better earlier in the year.


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How many pickets or flukes are typically taken on routes like Lamb's slide or Dreamweaver?


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How many pickets or flukes are typically taken on routes like Lamb's slide or Dreamweaver?

None, Most people just climb Lamb's slide with crampons and ice axe, as for dreamweaver (which I've never done) I believe that most of the cruxes are protected by rock gear.


To note, rock fall from the notch couloir does not hit lambs slide, it funnels down more towards the stettner's ledges unless there is a really strong westerly wind that would blow the rock over to the lambs slide. To note, rock fall danger in that area is pretty high, best bet is to climb super early and get above everyone while it's still good and frozen. Most of the rock fall is caused by people kicking them off of Broadway, tread lightly, there's folks climbing down there. With that being said the Kiener's Route on Long's is classic and should not be missed. Alexander's Chimney is probably best done as an ice climb but it can be climbed in spring/summer but it's not too much fun.

A good moderate snow route (AI2/3) in the Indian Peaks is the Skywalker Couloir on S. Arapahoe peak.


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To note, rock fall from the notch couloir does not hit lambs slide, it funnels down more towards the stettner's ledges.....

Just a note on the above post. This is not true. I was there when a HUGE rockfall expelled itself from the notch. We said - wow that was cool, until we saw that a truckload of microwave sized blocks were hurtling down lambs slide right at us! We duck for cover while the blocks exploded all around us. we were at the base of Lambs slide getting ready to head up to do Stettners. we ended up getting the hell out of there. Of course this was couple of years ago when it was all falling apart. I am sure it is better now...


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Any word on what Lamb's Slide is like this week/month? A current report would be useful, as a friend of mine plans to use Lamb's to access Broadway to do Keiner's at the end of the month. Seems like last week's snow should be fairly settled by now. Is it still the rock bowling alley it was two years ago?


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Current RMNP conditions are posted and updated weekly here:

http://www.cmschool.com/conditions.asp

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