Saturday, November 11, 2006

Waterton Update

Went for a hike into Lineham falls today with Aaron, no major ice yet. There was a little ice at the top of the left hand route and the right hand was free flowing with water. Excelent hike in, wish I had done it years ago. How bad do the slopes on the side of Blakiston load up or do they blow clear? Experts choice didn't have any substantial ice but its trying to form, Quick and Dirty was not even close to freezing. The warden compound gullies need a week or so of cold and they will be climbable. The slab climb on Crandale might be in but it was hard to tell due to the fresh snow fall. Kill Akisha Kill had ice but looks unconsolidated and needs time as well. I couldnt see any ice opposite of the oil well site, I cant remember the names of those climbs but I think they were in early last year.
Lets hope for cold.
Chris M


At 11/12/2006 10:34:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report. The oil well climbs tend to mainly form up late season. The gullies on the west side of blackiston do load up pretty bad - mainly wind shear. The climb in the upper bowl (upper right of falls) for instance can have a bad approach, but I haven't climbed it , so take that for what it is worth. I have gone half way up and that is it. 

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At 11/27/2006 10:11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are thinking about a later winter trip in these areas. What are your favorite ice climbs there?
"Summit-Stones" by DSD at 

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At 11/27/2006 10:15:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Expert's choice is the favorite. The access is about 30minutes and there are 2 or 3 good lines to choose. I like Lineham left, but it is pretty cold. It is similar to a steep gully climb. Lucifer and Blue angel are also good, but they are snowmobile access. 

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