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Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Well this just totally sucks. As soon as I saw the picture, I was ready to hit the reply button and say "Cream of White Mice."

But since I'm a day late, I guess I don't win any prize.

We're stuck in a total inversion down here. No rain, but the fog hasn't lifted for the last five days, and the temp hasn't gone more than a couple of degrees either side of freezing. Inversions aren't quite as bad here as they are in Vancouver, but it still sucks. So I'm glad to see that Squamish is in the clear and you guys are taking advantage of it.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 20, 2013 - 12:16am PT
actually we had the same for 4 days. It just cleared yesterday. T shirts today, even in the shade.
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
Jan 20, 2013 - 12:33am PT
Major ice fall hazards today, bk took a whopper ice block to the head again fortunately he was still able to put the rope up for the tr. On Yorkshire Gripper

I think he's posting from the hospital. Hang in there buddy.

South gully is definitely out of condition Anderson.....

I am presently bivied on Penny Lane, just phoned in a pizza order
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 20, 2013 - 12:50am PT
Where were you guys ice climbing? Inquiring minds want to know. Pics?
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 20, 2013 - 02:49am PT
Boulders tommorow. C'mon down. Unless your thetans are acting up. If so, you are excused.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 03:37am PT
It was probably the warmest it's been so far this year today. Comfortable sweater weather for a bit. I met up with my rope guns at Bughouse Heights and promptly took down two 10b slabs, followed shortly buy another 10c and some photos. Pretty sweet day I'd say..








Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 20, 2013 - 10:38am PT
First hand investigation of Squamish friction capacity scheduled for today. Gotta look for that mysterious gravity shift evident in Mike's Showcase photos.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
It's there Dru! go get it!

If you get bored, drop by the bluffs. :)

Kyle called me up yesterday and asked me to bring my #5 camalot so he could lead Skulduggery. I was happy to oblige..




















He was a little worried until this point...



Hope to see some people out at the Bluffs today!
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 20, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
The South South Gully expedition didn't go. Mysterious illnesses and headaches... It will be rescheduled.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Probably for the best. Too much ice falling at the moment!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 20, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Cool photos, thanks Mike- good thing skulduggery isn't as bad as it looks!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Yup. If it were it would be run out as hell!! Pink cliff is a go!
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 20, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Everybody and their dog and their baby was at the Bluffs today.

Pretty soon one of those crag dogs is gonna go all dingo on a baby and there will be a made-for-TV weeper a few years later.

I enjoyed the sunshine and the good sending temps but I enjoyed even more hearing the huge cannonades of ice falling into the gullies on the Chief and echoing and re-echoing across Valleycliffe.

Still not sure but what the mountains might have been a viable option, conditions sound like they were highly variable depending where and how far above treeline you were.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 20, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Good thing Anders and Tricouni didnt't go gully climbing today. It was thunderously loud while we were in the north wall boulders. All sorts of falling death chunk sounds eminating from the chief shaking off it's debris.

Beauty day in there.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 21, 2013 - 01:00am PT
The ice was coming down today for sure! Loud rumbles did indeed eminate from the chief's walls and the last one around 5:30 or so was quite significant!!

Sunset was pretty sweet..
Kieran ordered this effect just for my birthday ;&#41;
Kieran ordered this effect just for my birthday ;)
Credit: Big Mike
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 02:19am PT
Ok so who's truck is this! ;)


Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Where the heck did you find that???
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Just across the road from hot cherry bend over! In the bluffs.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 22, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Next high preasure everyone should get their butt up to Garibaldi. There is a really superb little ice / mixed climb up there that can be done as an easy day trip..... If you have a sled that is. Damien Kally and trevor hunt did the FA a few years ago and Damien showed it to me yesterday. Its pretty moderate in difficulty and its sitting right there outside the living room window.

We did a little direct start just above his head.  Those other wild dr...
We did a little direct start just above his head. Those other wild drips have gone for 3 pitches so far at M8 WI5 or so. The stone is sold basalt!
Credit: Bruce Kay

Pitch one. Excellent water ice .  You see that stone above?  there are...
Pitch one. Excellent water ice . You see that stone above? there are some wild looking columnar basalt splitters up there. Not exactly Devils tower though. Take a helmet.
Credit: Bruce Kay

An excellent little mixed traverse links into the upper gully
An excellent little mixed traverse links into the upper gully
Credit: Bruce Kay

Summit ho!
Summit ho!
Credit: Bruce Kay

One last ice pitch
One last ice pitch
Credit: Bruce Kay

final bit of simuling to top out
final bit of simuling to top out
Credit: Bruce Kay

There's squampton way down there
There's squampton way down there
Credit: Bruce Kay

Descending down the warren glacier.  Perfect firm wind blasted snow.  ...
Descending down the warren glacier. Perfect firm wind blasted snow. Snowshoes might be an idea on another day
Credit: Bruce Kay

Here's a few ice climbs that Mark Twight might really dig.
Here's a few ice climbs that Mark Twight might really dig.
Credit: Bruce Kay

One final ride on the infernal combustion contraption and its home for...
One final ride on the infernal combustion contraption and its home for dinner
Credit: Bruce Kay


I really recommend this. It pretty easy but we almost belayed the whole thing (nine-ish pitches) . Too bad about having to ride the stink pot but thats just life around here. Too bad there's no gondola!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 22, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Looks inviting Bruce, nice pics. If your over 50 you should be able to display a handicapped sticker on your sled to avoid the wrath of Khan. Pleasure to meet you the other day.
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