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Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:15pm PT
Thickly veiled as in snail-eye inducing as opposed to snails-eye inducing.
JMC

climber
the swamp
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
Really cool - some rarely seen/climbed formations there.
Was it 1995 that was the monster year on the eastside? (Bridgeport flooded out). 2-3 pitches formed on the N. side of Lee Vining, Leversee and Andy Selters (though maybe not together) got on that thing. There was all kinds of ice madness down in Whitney Portal too, good times.
mctwisted

Social climber
paradise
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2011 - 11:47pm PT
yeh, i remember leversee's voice whenever he talked about that thing, sounded real serious like, and in total awe, wason might have been there with him too. i look up there every summer when im cragging in that amphitheater, and try to imagine what it would look like, but its so overhanging and with the roofs its hard to picture (might be something like that wicked yabo tooth). wouldnt it be cool if someone had a shot of that thing (with those guys on it)???

10b4me

Boulder climber
Happy Boulders
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:25am PT
Dan, I think that's the same guys on that Drug Dome route. been there all day
McKenzie Long

climber
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:38am PT
Hey that is me belaying in the red jacket on Drug Dome! Crazy! And we were the second party, not on there all day.
tom Carter

Social climber
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:41am PT
Tell us! How did it go?

Dan, did Walt have a go at Illilouette?
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:54am PT
Wanted to crosspost PeteC's Clouds Rest info from the Drug Dome thread if that's ok. http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1697908&msg=1698491#msg1698491
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 21, 2011 - 02:16am PT
mctwisted is everywhere....watching.
fosburg

climber
Dec 21, 2011 - 09:47am PT
Walt and I climbed Illilouette Falls around 90/91. Sorry, no pictures.
David Wilson

climber
CA
Dec 21, 2011 - 10:55am PT
dan, on that ice you're talking about on the north side of lee vining canyon, i remember andy telling me that was a crazy formation with lots of overhanging chandelier ice. either he or his partner took a pretty big fall as i recall. i'll email andy and see if we can get a report.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 21, 2011 - 11:26am PT
Is that what people refer to as candlestick? or something..
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Dec 21, 2011 - 11:38am PT
Dunno why this is full of html tags, but looks like a good link.
http://www.iceclimb.com/CA_area.data

Searching for Candlestick does indeed mention it on N side.
mctwisted

Social climber
paradise
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
heres a few shots from today, pretty sure drug dome had 5 parties climb it today! (and greg you did have the correct beta with the raps being on crystal meth) widows tears is liking this weather and getting thicker, artist bowl looks in, and the strand is hanging in and getting thicker
drug dome midday
drug dome midday
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
tears
tears
Credit: mctwisted
lower part of the tears
lower part of the tears
Credit: mctwisted
after googling widows tears to try to find a shot of mark chapman and kevin worrall on the fa, i stumbled across shots of nidivers crew up there doing some wild looking mixed climbing to get up to the fat ice, pretty sick looking stuff the mixed climbers are doing nowadays! makes me rethink if something might be climbable or not
tom Carter

Social climber
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:32pm PT
Fosburg

So.... tell us a Water Ice and Walt story about it!

Hasn't seen many attempts?

Have you had a look up there Dan?

Cool coverage of the phenomenon - Thanks!
mctwisted

Social climber
paradise
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2011 - 08:50am PT
15 degrees here in e.p. at 2000' this morning!
YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Dec 22, 2011 - 09:45am PT
35 in Yosemite Valley at 6:30 a.m. this morning, the warmest morning in weeks. I'm under Yosemite Falls, and there are some strange Pohono winds blowing, too, which can make it warmer.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Dec 22, 2011 - 11:44am PT
skating on stilts
YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Dec 22, 2011 - 11:46am PT
42 at 8:30 in Yosemite Valley, very breezy & strangely warm.
fosburg

climber
Dec 22, 2011 - 07:43pm PT
Illilouette Falls is one of the most beautiful ice climbs I've ever seen, a stunning shade of blue. I really wish we'd taken a camera up there. I doubt it gets climbed much because aside from the usual problems with Valley ice, it's very hard to scope from any convenient locations.
Walt and I had been on somewhat of a roll ice climbing in Yosemite. We bagged the probable first ascent of Sentinel Falls and the super-unlikely Nevada Falls over the course of a few winters around 1990. We'd heard rumors Jay Smith was chomping at the bit to do Illilouette Falls and it was a route we'd talked about doing. Walt kind of loved it I think when he could imagine someone else gunning for the exact thing he wanted to do.
We walked up there during a particularly cold spell to have a look but also with all our gear just in case it was in. You almost have to get all the way to the base of that thing before you can even see it. We passed several promising lines on the right on the way up Tenaya Canyon. When we got to the base we were blown away because it was fully formed.
It was warm though, probably right around freezing and it kind of gave me the creeps because it's so big and such a high-flow route. The first pitch was totally running with water. I remember Walt saying something to the effect of, "This things gonna come down any minute, we gotta get on it!". He was right about the first but maybe not the second.
I remember a little discussion about what probably was going to be the second pitch and crux. Walt had lead the Yabo Tooth (although hanging to put in screws) on Sentinel Falls, and the crux of Nevada Falls so I felt strongly that I wanted the crux on this one just to keep it fair. He agreed willingly.
The route wound up being 3 pitches and not too hard technically, probably 4+/5 but very memorable for the beauty and remoteness of the location and as with all Valley ice climbs, the utter unlikeliness of it all.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Dec 22, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
fos, that's really cool. I hope to have the good fortune to swing tools in Yosemite Valley one day
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