Posted by: westcoastice | November 21, 2011

November 21, 2011 (Thanks Corey, Garry and Drew)

Highway 1 – Fraser Valley & Highway 5 – Coquihalla

A three-day cold snap has thin and unprotectable ice in places in the eastern Fraser Valley, but nothing really climbable yet. Mousetrap looked good today, but had some large water-spewing holes. Seepage-formed ice was thinner, often discontinuous – nothing even fully formed yet at Jarvis Bluffs or Box Canyon. Forecast calls for warm rain all next week, which should bring it all crashing down before it gets thick enough to climb.

Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon

Was up at Lillooet last weekend (Nov 12) and Marble Canyon climbs had fully fallen down due to a warm snap. It’s been cold up there since. Rambles and/or Night N Gale might be in well enough to climb by next weekend if it stays cold in Lillooet this week but 2 weeks from now is a more realistic guess.

Nov 20 Update: The ice is reforming after the thaw of 10 days ago.  At present, what ice is there is thin, brittle, and chandeliered. It will probably take a couple of more weeks for things to bulk up.

Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon - needing a bit more time to thicken up.

Deeping Wall

The Deeping Wall in need of a few more sub-zero days.

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Highway 99 South – Pemberton

Hiked into Place Falls today to exercise the dogs and arrived just in time for the big show. Although the entire falls has ice, the lower curtain with the highest volume of water collapsed in front of our eyes. About 600 square ft of ice, in slow motion; reminiscent of National Geographic. There is ice on The Plum, but due to poor visibility, we were unable to see the extent. Suspect it’s wet and thin. On the opposite side of the valley, White Blotter is partially formed with neither curtains touching down. I think the increased temperatures are thwarting the early season.


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