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.