Disclaimer: Ice climbing is dangerous, use the below information at your own risk. It may be completely inaccurate due to the rapidly changing nature of ice conditions.
Even though I probably should have been out skiing pow with everyone else, we went climbing in Redstone to see how things were shaping up. Last time I went on a scouting mission up there it was raining, so it was good to see winter finally taking hold.
Short version of what we found is that the ice is looking great. Redstone does well in years with a lot of snow, and there is a LOT of snow up there right now. Warm temps this week might mess with some things, but without any sun it might help everything get fatter. Time will tell.
A word of caution, we witnessed a lot of loose wet snow sloughs off steep rock bands. Some of these could easily have knocked us over/partially buried us, and these weren’t big slopes. There is an avalanche warning for all elevations right now, and while Redstone doesn’t feel very alpine, there are spots you could get into trouble with sliding snow if you aren’t careful. Pat attention to the terrain above and around you this week.
Avocado – In about as thin as you can get and still be climbable. Probably best to wait and let it fatten up some.
Crystal Visions & Dancing in the Moonlight – look in from the road, approaches would be burly with all the snow.
Tomato Chimney – ditto.
Stoney Fest – looks in, and pretty fat.
Dirty Linen Gully – not yet, but some ice on it.
The Pencil – a little bit of ice, maybe it’ll happen this year?
Redstone Pillar – IN.
Drool – first pitch is not in, second is.
Redstone Slabs – lots of ice here, probably in WI6 shape currently but that could change this week.
Hayes – IN, though nothing on the steeper right side yet.
Coal Creek – this zone is looking great, lots of ice! There’s even a bunch of ice in the Man Camp cave.
Cold Heaven – might be in by the weekend!
Coal Creek Slabs – IN
Get Shorty – IN (this is the iced up chimney/crack down and left of the Man Camp, easily visible from the road, chain anchors.)
Single Parenting – IN, and less snow on it than there was before yesterday
Curtain Call – forming.
Roadside Attraction – FAT!
Stoney Vision – FAT!
Stay safe out there!