Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road
Lee Purvis and Francis St-Pierre climbed Synchronicity on Thur Feb 3 – and both sent me reports :). We (Lee and Francis) approached from the bridge, as the log crossing doesn’t seem to exist anymore and it has not been cold enough for any ice dam to form. About 1.5hrs to the start of climbing, following the creek and scrambling through snow covered boulders in the talus field. The route is much thinner than in early January, but the recent cold has grown enough ice to make it climbable.The first and second pitches were thin with ice delaminating from the rock. The top pitch was fat and fun, but sun-baked ice with a bit of a nasty crust on top. The route probably went at mostly 3/3+ with the top pitch at WI4 (on the easy side). Some of the ice was sunbaked and crusted requiring cleaning for screws, but other portions were super plastic.
Weather was relatively cold in the morning and then it really warmed-up in the afternoon. Ice conditions were significantly worse on the way down in the afternoon. When the sun hit the climb the water started running like mad. Lots of rockfall on the walk back to the car (no ice shelves to cross the river) — even the car got a few dings from fallen rocks where we parked at the bridge. With the forecasted warming trend this climb is not likely to last long and we might have had the last ascent of the season unless we get a solid cold snap.