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- Access Note: Climbing is still closed at Skeleton Road 5. The OAC is working to address the concerns of the landowner, but the solutions that are being explored will take some time to review. To ensure the opportunity to climb at this convenient and fun location is not permanently lost, please choose to climb elsewhere. (Dec 2, 2016) (Updated November 22, 2017)

 

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January 4, 2018 - General Madawaska Area (CF)

Bancrift ice had lots of snow on it. Little change since last week. Virtually nothing on Old Laughing Lady. Diamond Lake is startinh to come in...

Previously unreported from early November - South Tasso Lake New Route

House of Honey Badger M8+, WI4+, 35m (Nov 18, 2017 - Stas Beskin and Gerin Ma)

A rope stretcher - a 70 just barely gets you down to the belay ledge. It starts to the right of Ashokan's Farewell and follow's a generous line of bolts (painted black to minimize impact) to the top. Has it all, really! Shares the same tree for the anchor.

December 31, 2017 - Kynoch Ice (DD)

Shower Stall Wall:
- Selson Blue,WI3, and Baby Shampoo, WI2, are both fat and almost 60 m of continuous ice (both have sections of very easy-angled almost walking ice. Ice was plastic in upper half, despite -20 temperatures
- Sub-par Plumbing and Irish Spring aren't in

Foot of the Shotgun Crag:
- Lucky Misdirection (WI3+, 18 m), The Guy from the Car (WI3, 16 m), Valentine's Day Present (WI2, 13 m), My Crampy Valentine (WI2, 12 m) - all good

Shotgun:
Rainmaker, WI3, 53 m - in
Crown Jewel - not in.
Cousin It - as usual - not in. Lots of ice in the middle, but just glaze in the bottom section. Could goot your way into the ice if really motivated...

December 30, 2017 - North of Thessalon (DD)

Bog Wall (Highway 129 86 km north of Thessalon): everything(Noodlin, Smash and Grab, Swimming with the Fishes, Splash and Grab) looked fat from the road. There are some even lines I've not seen before. "Anyone care to drive up and meet me?"

MBO (Highway 129 81 km north of Thessalon):
- Redemption, WI3, 50 m - in fat shape. There is a second pitch above
- Thievery, WI3+, 50 m - not quite in
Didn't check the rest of the climbs

Dude: Guess what we saw??? Wow!

December 29, 2017 - Stoney Creek (DD)

Highway 129, 50 km north of Thessalon:

Hungry Man: in fat, in full value WI4 shape
Lean Quisine: looks more like WI5- than WI 3+
Ozzy's Chute/Classy Gully: 45 m of fun; plastic ice in -17
4Arm: looked to be in from the road.

 

December 28, 2017 - Iron Bridge (Danylo and Chris T)

It was really cold in the morning so Chris and I spent some time driving around looking at things:
Duborne Lake: We walked in to take a look. Not quite in, although you could probably sneak up one of the longer lines
Constance Lake: Constance Setbacks (aka Waiting for Goddot) looked to be in fat from the road. A couple of thin pillars are hanging down on the right side of the cliff as well!
Trapper's Cliff: Mixolydian Gully, Adagio and B-Flat are in, Cold Pop and Little White River Stout are not.
Endikai Riverside: ABBDCPO, Little Bump, Endikaiser, Sodden and Secret Lasagna are all in. River isn't frozen to cross though. Hip waders may or may not work.
Intersection Rock: almost everything appears to be in. We climbed Cunning Stunt on the far right.


December 27, 2017 - Searchmont (Danylo and Yannick)

Climbed at Searchmont with Yannick (nice meeting you!!!) in brutally cold conditions (-30 on the car thermometer at 10:00 AM). We did one climb and then returned to the cars! Yeesh!

December 24, 2017 - Papineau Roadside (CF, PH AK)

Consolation Prize is fun. Clip and Go has lots of ice on it right now, and could actually be climbed 90% on ice, but be super gentle, so everyone has a chance to get on it like this. Blessed Rage is coming along and tempting, but does anyone remember if there's gear at the top horizontal, or is it welded shut??? ;-)

There's a new bakery, tea and biscuit place in Maynooth. Worth a stop on the way back.

December 23, 2017 - Hidden Gems (CF, PH, AK)

The lake was solid enough to cross, although I did keep a tool handy... Jade was in brittle shape. Black Pearl was on the tough side. The two Diamonds were lean.. and even Onyx was on the thin side. (Fools Seldom Differ looks to be in cool shape.) But it is to be expected, given it's still December.

December 18, 2017 - Papineau Roadside (Chris)

Very cool crag. Consolation Pirze varied from 3+ to 4+ depending on the line. Finished up with Clip and Go, which I think might have been a bit thin on ice, but was sifficient.

December 18, 2017 - Granary Lake

From Klaus at the Birch Lodge on Granary Lake

December 17, 2017 - Azure Mtn, Adirondacks(Pascal and Marco)

Well, our attempt to reach the main cliff failed but we found the beginner’s Sidewalk Café Area. And it was perfect because we were happy to top rope like beginners. Going back to explore the main crag this Wednesday, stay tuned!

December 17, 2017 - Eagle's Nest (Robert Hughson)

The Curtain is looking great. Dirty Harry is pretty mixed. Roller Coaster was decent.

December 16, 2017 - Watt Lake (Mugur, Chris, AK)

Beauty bluebird day. And crisp. Watt Lake is in thin, but the ice that is on the face is dense and well bonded. The face holds snow, making for an added challenge. (Right after the trailhead, stay right to avoid wet feet.)

Madhouse Bryant - pretty bare.
Fair-Weather Climber - pretty bare, with a bush for added challenge.
Giddy Girls - awsome.
New Diesel - in good shape for the left exit.
Holy Hannah - not close to touching down. Need some serious thaw-freeze for it to form up.
Prisoner 24601 - thin exit pillar, maybe bring some gear to supplement the bolts.

December 10, 2017 - Eagle's Nest (DD)

Thin conditions in Bamcroft today. Looks like the ice that formed two weeks ago became unbonded, and the new ice that is forming hasn't quite re-attached the outer shell. Lots of hollow ice and water flowing behind almost everything. 

Lower Rollercoaster - thin, delaminated ice, no pro. We scrambled up the backside to the ledge. Upper Rollercoaster - turf sticks and enough solid ice to squeeze through the notch to the top.

We didn't lead anything on the Curtain - didn't look like there was much solid pro. Dropped top ropes on the right side of Men Without Hats (the left side was a hollow tube with water spilling down it) and the right side of Hollow Victory. The Jetstream pillar has formed up, but is candled and delaminated up top.

Nothing else was in.


December 10, 2017 (Daniel back from the Rockies)

The snow pack did not cooperate, so we had to stay away from avi prone slopes. Opted for the good old Ghost. RBD is always a classic. Cryophobia is my new favourite mixed rig!

December 09, 2017 (Jeremy and Stas, breathin in fresh Rockies air)

Weeping Wall is in good shape. Can you guess what else we climbed? What a treat to climb this testpiece on TR.

December 08, 2017 (Justin)

Just passing thorugh my old stompin grounds. Didn't have a chance to swing the tools, bit figured I'd share a pic.

November 21, 2017 - Eagle's Nest

Unverified... picture could be a tease... who will be the first on etempted to drive out in search of ice???