Over the Thanksgiving weekend CMS guides, Andrew Councell and Mark Kelly, climbed some fun ice routes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Things are starting to form up and with more sunshine, cold evening temps, and potential moisture for next week it's only going to get better. Andrew and Mark have been running around the Park checking out all the early season ice (see earlier post about West Gully and Northeast Face of Notchtop). Please stay in touch and let us know if you have any questions about conditions and hiring a guide for some great days in the RMNP.
The areas Andrew and Mark checked out were around the Loch and Jewel Lake. Both are starting to offer a good variety of ice but remember it's still early season.
The Loch offers some great classic ice pitches:
1) The Crypt: WI4, 2) Freezer Burn WI4, and 3) Cold Storage WI4
Mark and Andrew also checked out the ice around Jewel Lake over the weekend and found some fun slabs and iced up mixed terrain.
Thanks to Mark and Andrew for the great pics, info and inspiration. Cheers!
Colorado Mountain School