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ice is a comin'
« on: October 29, 2001, 08:24:47 PM »

got an email today from someone who was in the ravines on Sunday. as they put it:

'There is a nice base building up in Pinnacle already, and Central is forming.  Damnation had some sections with airy junk, BUT they were fully formed, if skeletally so.' they also said that Tucks had some fangs forming as well. if the cold weather continues it shouldn't be more than a couple of weeks before there is enough early-season ice to make the hike-in worthwhile.

I plan on hiking up on next Tuesday or Wednesday for a close range recon. hopefully I will have some pix for Thursday's WM Report.
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Re: ice is a comin'
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2001, 08:14:34 AM »

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwwwwwww! ;D ;D ;D

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Re: ice is a comin'
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2001, 09:57:18 AM »

just spoke with a friend who was up in Tucks yesterday ...

they said that there is ice forming. as they put it, it is of mixed quality & not stable. basically it is not well bonded to the rock because of the freeze/thaw that's been going on up there. in their opinion it needs another week or at least several more consecutive cold days & nites.

we should be climbing before Thanksgiving tho. <grin>
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Re: ice is a comin'
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2001, 05:02:25 AM »

Hey Al,

chris o'connell and i climbed pinnacle on sat. it's thin and hollow but doable. i puched thru the crust in a couple of spots above the first pitch but didn't get too wet. the approach is a bear near the dow cache and thru the boulder field. we descended tucks trail and there is ice but it is thin in most areas. also, with the 20+" of snow that fell last week, tucks will probably be filled in within the next couple of weeks. if you're not comfortable leading grade 4-5 ice, i wouldn't recommend it and i would give it a week or 2 to really solidify.

take care and think cold!!  
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Re: ice is a comin'
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2001, 10:10:05 AM »

that's GREAT NEWS. hopefully Dani G & I will be up either tomorrow or Wednesday & will have some pix of Tucks.
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Re: ice is a comin'
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2001, 02:02:54 PM »

here's one more note from Chris about Pinnacle as of Saturday:

"the upper snow pitched of pinnacle were deep crusted over snow with no ice underneath. basically you had to hug the rock wall or get wet feet."
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