Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Conditions Pictures from RMNP

Winter is making it's way! Here are a few shots from the past week that CMS Guides Mike Lewis and Joey Thompson took from the field.

All Mixed Up is IN and in great condition from bottom to top. Mike and Joey got after it yesterday November 6, 2012. Check out these pics from the route:

All Mixed Up on the hike in, 11/6/2012
Mike Lewis on the second pitch of All Mixed Up - 11/6/2012

Mike Lewis mid-way on All Mixed Up - 11/6/2012
Topping out on All Mixed Up - November 6, 2012

Grace Falls in Early Conditions - Photo by Mike Lewis, CMS Guide, Nov 1, 2012
Grace Falls Nov 1, 2012
Notchtop November 1, 2012
Mike reported really good climbing (albeit a bit wet) at Grace Falls with an easy approach. The other ice in the area hadn't shown up yet. The upper pitches on the NE Face of Notchtop looked great but did not have anything in below them.

Ice at Columbine Falls - November 3, 2012

Ice at Columbine Falls: The far right flow was in excellent condition. One pitch of 30-40 feet of steep and 50-60 feet of low angle ice. WI4-WI2 with WI3 variations. Mike saw a flow directly above Peacock Pool that looked great from far away ~ WI4.

CMS Senior Guide Joey Thompson and clients Kim and Darren Walker made the trip to Rocky Mountain National Park on November 3 in search of snow and ice to run the Intro to Mountaineering course. Conditions were lean but they did find some snow and ice to practice their skills on. Here is a shot from below Hallett's with the Dragon Area in the background.

The weather report is showing potential for snow in the Park this weekend. We are psyched for more ice and snow and a great winter season!
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