CMS guides, Mark Kelly and Andrew Councell, checked out early ice conditions in RMNP and found some fun early season climbing. They climbed both All Mixed Up (lower pitches of AMU were thin) and the West Gully. AMU was thin but the flows above Black Lake provided better climbing.
Other climbs like Deep Freeze, Necrophilia, and Vanquished were not in and the Crypt is just barely there. Loch Vale ice was not formed on the main flow, the gully (low tide) was in and Mixed emotions and Blade runner were partially formed.
All the trails are hard packed and frozen.
Be careful with early season conditions and keep checking our website, Facebook, and Twitter for more updates. To check out Andrew’s full conditions report click here.