Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ice Update Oct 11

If you still have Monday off, consider driving up the Red Rock highway and try climbing or top roping the routes in the red rock canyon. The ice is thin, but definitely climbable there. Plus, it saves the 30k hike in any other time of year.

(red rock - below the bridge - oct 11)

Quick and Dirty is dripping wet and not at all formed. Neither are any of the other standard routes on the Cameron Highway. A number of thin smears are in around the Midnight Curfew and ?Malboro Man? area (between Quick & Dirty and Expert's).

The left compound gully is still mainly verglass. Sullivan's looks in, so I would imagine Drywood is climbable but thin. Midnight Madness should be in as should the Summit lake climbs, but these are just guesses.

A thin bit of ice on the Info bureau could mean someone could have an excuse to try some drytooling.

Kill Aisha (above the Warden's compound) is in, but expect stiff conditions.

A possible location for the Fernie Pillar? As seen from 2km or so above Blakiston falls on the slide run up to Anderson


At 10/12/2009 09:47:00 PM , Blogger Jason Lyons said...

thanks for the Beta climbed red rock canyon, or what i think was red rock canyon. it was in red rock canyon anyway. it was surprisingly thick, crappy ice but thick.


At 10/13/2009 08:09:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Glad to hear you made it out Jason. Gotta love the approach though...

At 10/20/2009 07:55:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the Red Rock Canyon road is closing....or is it already closed?


At 10/21/2009 08:22:00 AM , Blogger sigob said...

Should be closed right now. However, biking up there is about as good as it will get as there are (or should be) no drifts in any of the treed sections.

At 10/21/2009 01:37:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


I actually emailed the wardens today (Wednesday), and got this response:

Hello Brad,
The Red Rock Canyon road is still open. It will closed when the snow comes back.
So, no definitive date, all weather depending.

Chantal Laliberté
Communications Officer
Waterton Lakes National Park

At 10/21/2009 01:58:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Brad that is great! I think it will be busy up there!

There may also be a new ice route about 1-2km up the canyon. When Blair and I came down there this year there was a 20-30m slab on the south fork of the creek that should ice over. It is in a mini- slot canyon.

With the recent? floods walking up the canyon bottom is incredibly easy. Things get much less wet after the log jam just above the bridge

At 10/21/2009 02:00:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Here are some pics of the thin pillar above the bridge

The thicker pillar below the bridge will have to wait till I grab my camera and pull out the card at home - unless Jason has any.


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