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Castle Peak (CA/Tahoe) spring ice?

Postby Steve Pratt » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:12 pm

My buddy and I are talking about some moderate ice climbs in the Sierra this summer. But we have never climbed together on the same rope. I thought we might want to do some short training climbs first, so I am looking for practice ice.

I have seen snow and ice in the couloirs on the back side (N/NE) of Castle Peak. Anyone climbed those in the spring? Are they just slush, or will they hold a screw or at least a picket? Looking down on them from above, they look to be about 45-50 degrees, is that about right? The access and approach are short, so I thought it would be worth asking.
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Re: Castle Peak (CA/Tahoe) spring ice?

Postby Vitaliy M. » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:09 pm

I have climbed them before. It could be snow that can hold a picket, or not. Depends on temperatures and weather a few weeks before your trip. Don't think you will find any ice there.

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Re: Castle Peak (CA/Tahoe) spring ice?

Postby luzak00 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:05 am

Vitaly is right. You will not (in all likelihood) find ice there. Definitely no screws, though you *may* depending on conditions be able to set pickets.

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