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mlc
12-26-2009, 09:36 PM
Cataracts are a little thinner than usual but still fat enough. No telling how they will fare in the warm weather and rain that is coming but there was plenty of ice to be had on Christmas Day.

Barrett's looked a little thin from the road, especially down low.

Will try to put up a pic or two if I can figure out this new board.

mountainrecon
01-06-2010, 08:36 AM
There is a lot of good climb up on Barretts. Some stuff that is generally fatter, was not fully in last Friday (01-01-2010).

perswig
01-10-2010, 05:54 PM
Did a short day at Barrett's and right cataracts today. Heathrow in from ground up, thin top 1/3 P1. Except for the fat ice over towards Joe's and Witchy Woman, most lines look like they've lost ground from 2 weeks ago (before the rain).

Things at right cataracts were also thin. Bixler's Way is grim (although JimE's route just to it's left is building surprisingly well). The short gully at the top of the area is nearly bare, the large boulder and most of the short easy flows in between are climbable.
We did not get around the right to see about Dragon's Teeth and the other line.

Dale

perswig
01-23-2010, 02:11 PM
Despite the recent increase in available water (a foot-plus of new snow), the thinner lines at Barrett's continue to lose ground slowly. Shaded climbs are still good, esp left side.

However, some steeper stuff at left cataract is pretty nice. We did Everdrip and two other lines not usually in just to its right. Even Neverdrip has built since last Wednesday, although would still be a solo.
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/IMG_3203.jpg

Up around the Ramparts, Dragon's Teeth (or Breath?) is in fine shape, larger than its been last couple years. We did Dragon's Butt to the right, with a nice rock finish.
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/IMG_3225.jpg

In other news, we heard Blue Vein is in good shape, and that Peter Lataille has put up a new mixed line between it and Varicose Vein.

Go get some.

(Anyone looking for a partner tomorrow, I'm tied by the dogs to staying local and wouldn't mind a second day out, even a half-day. Give me an email at perswig at aol.com)

Dale

perswig
01-23-2010, 02:15 PM
Dyslexia and expired edit time (2 minutes? WTF?) - right side of Barret's is still good.

perswig
01-28-2010, 01:22 PM
Alas, poor Camden (I knew her well, Horatio)

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/IMG_3240.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/IMG_3242.jpg

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff69/perswig/IMG_3246.jpg

No Barrett's pics; too depressing.

With all the water, a good cold snap will give some weird, wonderful, and ephemeral stuff, but it's unlikely that the usual suspects will reform this late in the year.

Dale

mountainrecon
02-06-2010, 05:46 PM
Went up to Cataracts today. The left cliff area (which I'm told contains Everdrip) was fat and leadable. Me and a couple friends climbed Everdrip and a reasonable route just right of the center of the same cliff. Screws all sunk (16cm) no problem and most of the ice was quality - not much was rotten. Very decent considering what I expected to find. I think Bob will post some pictures up soon.

perswig
02-07-2010, 04:00 PM
Sweet.
I drove by Barrett's Sat, saw little promising except far right, and lazily didn't hike in to the Cataracts, so today we went to Grafton.
I'm pleasantly surprised the upper part of Everdrip has reformed, but we also found that route in the center good a couple weeks ago and the pic above showed it hanging in top to bottom.
Did you happen to hike over to Dragon's Teeth?

Dale

mountainrecon
02-08-2010, 12:47 PM
I got a some pictures from Bob - and have uploaded a few. http://neice.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/6803/ppuser/2449
http://neice.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/6805

I don't know most routes names - but we saw quite a bit of ice to the far right of the Cataracts area... over near where the sport climb Dream Weaver is I think...

raugustine1963
02-10-2010, 05:32 AM
That was a great day of climbing. Nice lead Joey!