Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Conditions Feb 8th to Feb 13th

Well no pictures today. I can't seem to find my battery charger. I was up at Cameron trying out my new ski's yesterday. The snow isn't very deep (6 inches or so), but it is tracked enough that the skiing was good. The snow is quite light, so while that would be good for powder seekers, I wouldn't be too confident about having enough base for many back country runs.

As for ice conditions, Irish Dreams looked to be completely in, however, I wouldn't feel too secure crossing the ice in the middle lake. The compound gullies were in better shape than I would have thought. The upper pitches of both had some ice on them. The right still looked a bit delicate, that left looked a bit thin. Kill Aisha was slowly started to come in (however it will be some time before it becomes a pure ice route). Quick & Dirty is very thin as well. None of the choice routes have touched down. Trap Line (opposite the crandell lake turnoff), is forming up quite well at the top, although I couldn't see the base to find out if it is doable. I also forgot to look at Sullivan's when driving out this morning.

On the other hand, my parents house is finally getting close to completion after only 2 years of work. They have the first coat of interior paint on!


At 2/08/2005 02:24:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

was the feb ice opener planned for this weekend?, Which day?What time 

Posted by chris morris

At 2/08/2005 03:59:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott postponed the ice openner until there is more ice. Scroll down on the first page to the "Middler Ice Fest" post.

Posted by Dave Stephens

At 2/08/2005 04:58:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sound's like things are not really optimal to have a bunch of people out on the ice this weekend. I think if we try and get out at the end of February, if the weather cooperates. Dave Fuller and I are wanting to make another go at Crowsnest Moutain this winter as well.(we've failed on two occasions) If anyone is interested to join us. Cheers 

Posted by scott harms

At 2/08/2005 06:20:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention that the smears between quick and dirty and expert's were also coming in. The left one is looking almost thick enough to climb. I bet that tonight and tomorrow will be enough. If you haven't done this route this is a good time to nab it. It rarely comes into shape. Bring some pins and a few thin tri cams. It is quite different in character from most of the other ice climbs around. I think Harlan did that one first, although I can't remember if I straightened out which route is which on the wateron page.

Of course if you are after something different, give Irish Dreams a try. It is like an easy version of Lineham Left. 

Posted by chris goble

At 2/08/2005 08:19:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott, which way were you going up crowsnest, the tourist route is rather exposed to avi hazzard. If you know a safe way up, myself and my buddy tim might be up for a slog on sunday. 

Posted by chris morris

At 2/09/2005 10:52:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tourist route was going to be the intended route. I personally don't know of any other routes. I would love to know if there are other route possibilities. My guess is that this weekend won't be choice with the new snow and the warming temps. Hopefully we get some more snow and it cools off. I'm thinkin it might take 1-2 nights out in order to make the summit. Depending on the approach and snow depth. I think it could have the potential to provide some good fun. My phone # is 327-3107. Cheers 

Posted by scott harms

At 2/09/2005 03:37:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tourist route is the only route I am familier with, my neighbour in the pass say's he's had friends bully their way up the southface and that the rock is crap and it is not recomended. The tourist route maybe the way to go if there is little snow. The approach to the cliff bands may be threatening and if there is snow in the bowls above youre pretty much snookered for half the route. It all depends on whither that bowl was blown clear. Definetly a cool idea, espeacially if you want to do it over night. I will be in the pass on saturday and I can check out the amount of snow around, and I'll pass the info around

Posted by chris morris

At 2/10/2005 09:34:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris M.

Drop me a line or get me your ph# or email sharms @ donkirkhaminsurancedotcom (take out spaces and dot). If your going up to the pass this weekend anyways it might be good to get out and do a little scouting and maybe even give it a go if things are decent, if you don't have any pressing plans. I've been itching to get out the last month. There are a # of lines dave and i have been looking at for winter ascents in the last year.


Posted by scott harms

At 2/12/2005 06:03:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got back from Belly River. I drove up via the US side. You can make it all the way to the gate just before Lee Creek. I am not sure how far you can go on the Canadian side. Usually the corner that drops down to Belly River is pretty snowy and hard to get back up. The road had a number of bare spots. The trail was fairly sparse and hard on the bases. The area is quite nice. Unfortunately while friday was gorgeous, during the night a new front came in and hung around exactly where I was all day. The winds were gusty. I decided not to continue on to waterton as planned due to the poor snow conditions, and my attempt to loose weight by not bringing any food. Darn that DQ in Cardston. Even with out Flame burgers they are dangerous. 

Posted by chris goble


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