Backcountry Conditions 11/14/15

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Davis Meschke tip-toeing up thin conditions on the Main Wall.

 

With last week’s spell of cold temperatures, it was time to check in on the Blue Room ice fall on Fremont Lake. The approach trail has been cleared, flagged and is pretty easy to follow. For those who don’t know, the approach begins just beyond the paved Fremont Lake Overlook pullout on Fremont Lake Road. From there the trail descends the steep brushy hillside to the spring that feeds the ice fall. Continue descending the gully taking advantage of a couple intermediate rap stations to reach the base of the Blue Room.

The ice conditions were very thin, but climbable. Because the fall is formed by a spring rather than freeze-thaw cycles, there is abundant water, so expect to get wet until daytime temperatures drop into the twenties. Warm temperatures on the 13th and 14th will melt away portions of the fall, but the ice will rebuild rapidly with the arrival of the next cold front on 11/16.