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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 01:46am PT
Dru! Yes they are in. Dunno how fat, I've seen the highway ones look better. Diedre has a full on smear that looks pretty significant. If anyone had intentions on climbing it in these conditions it looks like tomorrow would be an excellent day to do it!! It's supposed to hit a high of zero.

Friday it's all over... Time to call in sick Dru!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 02:37am PT
I was feeling pretty lazy this morning but after Anders refused my offer to climb today due to his obligations, Relic sent me a text and forced me to get off my lazy butt. I met him at the bluffs, which were nice and sunny.

He asked me if I wanted to go join the boys at pet wall. I agreed knowing it would be cold and damp, but interesting never the less.

We met up with Ryan D, Brownie, Nina and Kyle.

Ryan was on No Name Road 11b


I think he found it a bit chilly. He commented when we got there that he couldn't feel if his fingers were getting any purchase....


Relic, Kyle and I were less than inspired to lead anything...

Under Blackwater was an icy pit





















Kyle and Nina





Relic and Ryand



It was pretty chilly after the sun went over the horizon. Kieran managed to get up no name and Relic gave it a shot next but the sun had disappeared by then and things had cooled down a few degrees. He nearly froze his hands off and couldn't take it down..

Ryand ended up jugging his first rope.. It was pretty funny watching him figure it out.. We were trying to help him but it took him a bit to get his system dialed..

Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:37am PT
Mighty Hiker, keeper of the bluffs. Mike and I got into a disagreement over the grade of Clean Corner, the hands corner to the left of Flying Circus. He claims it is of the 5.9 persuasion. I tried to correcto his ghastly overrating reverse sandbaggin. It's just a measly dang 5.7 right?

It twas a cold but nice day to hang with friends in the New Year today!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:40am PT
Brrrrrrrrrrrr, anyone want to go jugging tomorrow?


The corner is 5.7


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 03:52am PT
I was wrong. Not 5.9 but bourdon has it at 5.8? Jugging Ryan? ;) we need tools I would love to hit up diedre ;)
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 3, 2013 - 04:31am PT
Mike I love your salalcicles,great diversion to keep you busy while freezing your ass off.
Up until this point in my life I have only seen one group of climbers as psyched about climbing as you guys.One time it was Frog Butress,Queensland at the height of summer and the only other climbers I saw for two weeks were a couple of rabid foaming at the mouth over climbing type teenagers.Other time I lost my mind I was climbing on a really cold January day at Rattlesnake point in Ontario and who shows up but two more rabid teenagers.These days I like to be able to feel that my fingers are on my hands but kudos again to you guys. You must have found the elixir of eternal l'amour de l'escalade. I noticed someone bumped me, how do you do that?
Adrian MacNair

Boulder climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Rattlesnake Point. January. Yup, it gets desperate in Ontario.

I got a video bumping around somewhere of me bouldering in White Bluff in April and the only thing missing from the scene are icebergs, although the lake looks close enough.
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
@Adrian: Pretty sure the first pic you posted a page back is Local Boys.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Mmm winter climbing... Fingers so cold! ;) My nice warm bed is trapping me at the moment... ;)


Oh ya, bumping is done like this Harry...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
Bump
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Isn't Corner Crack usually graded 5.7? That seems about right to me, although it's pretty short.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
I guess you didn't proof read the smoke bluffs section eh Anders? :)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Hey if you guys are hitting the crag today give me a shout. Blue skies and windless. gone tomorrow.

About squamish ice - there is nothing climbable here to speak of. Never bother with Squamish without an honest arctic airmass, something that has yet to come close to happening yet this winter.
You might find something climbable further north but I didn't see anything a couple of days ago.

Rock is where its at today!
Adrian MacNair

Boulder climber
Vancouver
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
You're right, it's Local Boys. Damn you're good. I've only been to Shannon Falls a half dozen times.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Might go.. Dunno no plans yet. It's Sandra's day off, probably a good idea to see what she wants to do first.... ;)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
That corner 5.9 ? HAHAHA!!!! Maybe it will be 5.11 in a few years !!!

Love the beautiful weather here on the south coast!!!

We used to climb all winter long. I hated the wet freezing cracks but my foaming-rabid bf had to get out or he'd go crackerdog. I have pix of us climbing at the bluffs in Feb in shirtsleeves during one of those glorious warm winter days.

And yeah, no ice without the Arctic Outflow........

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
OK then, Corner Crack is Squamish 5.7, Little Smoke Bluffs 5.9. Grade inflation isn't a problem only in the academic world. All going well, I'll live to climb 5.12.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
I said I was wrong. But Mark still has it at 5.8 and it is Certainly harder than laughing crack but easier than mosquito...

I guess it felt like 5.9 with cold digits and rusty skills ;p
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
Hey, Boogers & Flies felt like 5.9 the other day, too. Friction climbing is more challenging when it's freezing, and you can't feel your toes, your pinkies, or the rock.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
That's for certain. Cold climbing is sandbagged by it's very nature..
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