Icefall Blog

Snowfall Lodge Summer 2016

By | August 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Last fall four of us helicoptered in with a bunch of material and hiked out when we had built Snowfall Lodge. This summer was much less ambitious. We helicoptered in and Mark and I went mountaineering for the week. It was awesome 2 unclimbed peaks 4 new routes and lots [...]

Mt Arras new route

By | August 9th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

I climbed a new route on the northface of Mt Arras. This is the prominent pyramid shaped peak across the valley from Icefall Lodge. It is distinctive for the curving rock layers which do a 90 degree bend in the mountain. I climbed the right hand of the 2 snow [...]

First Mountaineering Trip of the Season

By | June 24th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

The first mountaineering trip of the season. We climbed the North Ridge of Lyell 4(Walter Peak), pictured to the right. It is a classic snow and ice ridge with one rock step. At 5.4, it is relatively easy and on good rock. It is the most difficult of the Lyell [...]

New line on the west side of Lyell

By | March 7th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

Skied a new line off the west side of the Lyell Peaks. It has a vertical drop of 2200m (6800 ft) making it one of the longest runs at Icefall. It starts with a short 10 m rappel between Lyell 3 and 4. From there it descends a huge featured [...]

Mons Hut Completed

By | September 3rd, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

I completed the New Mons Hut at the toe of the Mons Glacier. This opens up tons of new north facing glacier skiing, also a bunch of ski mountaineering peaks. Mt Forbes is possible as a day trip from here in the summer. I am also hoping to climb Forbes [...]

New route on the East Ridge of Rostrum Peak

By | August 18th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

I climbed a new route on the East Ridge of Rostrum Peak. This peak dominates the valley to the west of the lodge. It has huge broken glaciers which come down the east side and it has been the backdrop for many great photos. This was my first ascent of [...]

Holidays at Icefall

By | January 2nd, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|

I spent December 24 - January 2 skiing at the lodge. It started out with clear skies and boot top powder. Despite the cold temperatures in Golden, it stayed in the -5 to -8 range at the lodge. The temperature inversion became more pronounced on the 27th and 28th with [...]

The season is starting

By | November 6th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|

I spent 3 days skiing up at the lodge and finishing off the last few improvements before the winter. 75 cm of snow at the lodge and 110 in the alpine. It was excellent skiing. The dense base does a good job of covering rocks and early season hazards. The [...]

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