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CURRENT S.E. ICE CONDITIONS

    The goal of this page is to keep southern ice climbers informed of current conditions for North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  I will post conditions for other states if folks will send me reports.  I would like to at least add the Virginia's if ya'll folks will let me know what is growing on.  These are the current conditions as I have observed or have been reported to me.  Quite often I am out of town and unable to post conditions.  When my stuff looks dated check out Adam Fox's ice conditions page.  If you can't find the scoop between his site and mine then you are just going to have to go look for yourself.  If any information is incorrect or you have additions and updates please e-mail to the

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     Folks, I am working on several major updates for the ice climbing part of the site.  Just pushed a lot of new info on Hogpen Gap and some on Winding Stair.  Going to work on totally revamping every publishable area.  If you have pics you want to submit I will take any and all decent submissions from anywhere in the S.E.  Tired of posting nothing but pics of Shannon Stegg, myself, and the rest of the ATL crowd.  Some of you NC boys have to be taking a camera with you.  Send in your stuff along with conditions reports. 

     Due to quickly changing conditions, possible mistakes in submitted information and other unavoidable and unintended errors do not take this information as completely definitive.  Once again I must place a disclaimer.  Ice climbing is dangerous and can result in injury, death and other indignities.  If you attempt to climb something just because this page says it is in climbable condition then you are dumb and we are not responsible. (Just ask anyone that knows me!)  Always seek qualified instruction before attempting to climb ice.  

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THURSDAy: 9 december 2010

GEORGIA:

Hogpen Gap:  Climbable Ice and getting Better

Rabun Bald:  Ice was looking decent on Wednesday should be o.k....

NORTH CAROLINA:

Winding Stair:  Climbable Ice and getting Better

215:  Climbable Ice and getting Better

Big Lost Cove:  Ice is in.

Whitesides:  Routes decent and getting better.

Hickory Nut:  Ice is there.

Linville Gorge:  Ice in Amphitheater.

Tennessee:

Celo Knob:  Snow covered summit and climbable Ice

Remember to send in your reports and pictures again this year!!!!!!!

Will get last years in the archives and a fresh page for this season soon!

 

SATURDAY 16 JANUARY 2010

NOTE:  THE FOLLOWING INFO WILL PROBABLY BE IN THE TOILET BY TOMORROW.  WHEN WE CAME THROUGH HIGHLANDS IT WAS WARM AND RAINING HARD.  RAIN HAS BEEN REPORTED AT WINDING STAIR GAP AND HOGPEN GAP.  ANYONE THAT GOES OUT TOMORROW PLEASE GET UPDATED REPORTS IN A.S.A.P.!!!!!!

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  FAAAAATTTTTTTTTTT! 

Yonah Mountain:  North Face in. 

Rabun Bald:  Still FATTTTTT!

NORTH CAROLINA:

Cullasaja River Gorge:  Folks, this area is FAT!  Five new routes went in this week.  Shannon Stegg did a three pitch grade 4+ and a 2 pitch grade 3.  I knocked down a grade 4 single pitch, a two pitch grade 3 and a single pitch grade 2+ with my partner J. Jacobs. Pics are a mixed bag from my camera and Jeff C.

   

Hwy 215:  FATTTTTT!

Graveyard Fields:  FATTTTTT!

Winding Stair Gap:  FATTTTTT!

Whitesides:  Most everything is in and fat.  Pics from Scott T.

 

Daughton Park:  Now new reports.

Blue Falls:  Laying in the ditch.

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  FATTTTTT!  In fact, the ice is so fat that they had to close the road because the ice climbs have flowed out onto the pavement.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face in.  South Face is thrashed.

Rabun Bald:  FATTTTTT!

NORTH CAROLINA

Hwy 215:  FATTTTTT!

Graveyard Fields:  FATTTTTT!

Winding Stair Gap:  FATTTTTT!

Whitesides:  Most everything is in and fat.

Daughton Park:  No new reports.

Other areas:  More reports of the sensitive areas coming in every day.  Continued new route activity in Georgia, Tennessee and N.C.

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY 2010

ALABAMA:

Monte Sano State park:  Thin toprope and mixed routes are in.  Does the fact that folks are ice climbing in Alabama give the rest of ya'll a clue as to how good southern conditions are right now?????  Thanx, Paul M.

MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice is maintaining well.  Road still closed over the weekend but may have opened today.

Yonah Mountain:  Thin but some routes in including Xanadu.

Rabun Bald:  Still very good.  At least five routes in.  Pic is Thin Man from Scott P.

Hwy 76:  First ascent of a two pitch Grade 5 done by Stegg, Crowder and some punk looking kid named Seth.  Lots of other F.A. activity going on in Georgia and N.C.  Get out or get scooped!

SEE MORE OF THIS NEW ROUTE

NORTH CAROLINA

Hwy 215:  Ice is good and improving.

Graveyard Fields:  FATTTTTT!

Blue Ridge Parkway Misc:  Virtually all the usual outcroppings that have ice are in.

Winding Stair Gap:  Routes are in and getting better.

Whitesides:  Yellow Belly, Cinderella and others are fat.  Starshine is fat and Mother Russia is in.

Daughton Park:  Ice is in.

Johns Rock:  Multiple routes in.

Cedar Rock:  At least three routes are in.

Hickory Nut Gorge:  Routes are in.

TENNESSEE

South Clear Creek:  A route reported in.

Sunset Park:  A couple of thin routes (protect with rock gear) reported in.

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice is maintaining well.  Road closed.  Check with GA DOT for opening.

Rabun Bald:  A picture is worth a thousand words, what are three worth???  Thnx Jeff C.

NORTH CAROLINA

Everything is pretty much the same or better than the rest of the reports from this week.

Johns Rock:  Dorthy Hamil's Dirty Underwear and other routes are in.  Get it while it doesn't smell!!!!!

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY 2010

Georgia/NORTH CAROLINA:

Blue Falls:  On GA/NC 68 between Dillard and Highlands is in.  Only seen this climbable about three times in 20 years so get it while its there.  It is a south facing natural waterfall so I suggest doing it early and getting off before it gets too warm.  At least three routes can be done on this waterfall.  Have fun.  More stuff will be posted tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice is maintaining well.

Yonah Mountain:  No current report.

Rabun Bald:  Still very good.  At least five routes in.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hwy 215:  Ice is good and improving.

Graveyard Fields:  FATTTTTT!

Winding Stair Gap:  Routes are in and getting better.

Whitesides:  Yellow Belly and others are fat.  Starshine is in also and Cinderella getting better.

Daughton Park:  Ice coming in.  Big Daddy is in and has been led.  Told it was a bit sketchy but it still went and is getting better.

Other areas:  Several other unpublished areas are in.  If you know where to look, lots of rare gems to pluck.  Don't ask me if I don't know you.  Sorry, you either know or you will learn.  Also a lot of FA activity going on.  This is nice because it has been a while since any significant new routes have gone in...

MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice was softer today and made for better climbing but was still darned cold.

Yonah Mountain:  North face coming back in.

Rabun Bald:  Fat and getting fatter.

NORTH CAROLINA

Winding Stair Gap:  Routes are in but some are still a bit wet at the top.

Whitesides:  Yellow Belly is fat and others coming in.

Other areas:  Several other unpublished areas are in.  If you know where to look, lots of rare gems to pluck.  Don't ask me if I don't know you.  Sorry, you either know or you will learn.

SATURDAY:  2 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice was brittle as glass.  Super cold temps have it almost miserable.  High temps were in the teens and screws either ground the ice into sand or created big dinner plates.  Backed off one route and only lead one.  Lots of toproping going on.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face still routes did not do well in the rain.

Rabun Bald:  Multiple routes in including "thin man".  Here is your backcountry destination.

NORTH CAROLINA

Winding Stair Gap:  No report.

Whitesides:  Yellow Belly is fat and others coming in.

FRIDAY:  1 JANUARY 2010

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  A pic or two from today.

THURSDAY:  31 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Ice survived the rain because it was snow instead on the gap.  Road closed at the moment.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face still routes did not do well in the rain.

Rabun Bald:  No climbable ice here today.

NORTH CAROLINA

Winding Stair Gap:  No climbable ice.

WEDNESDAY:  30 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Getting fat and lots of leadable ice.

TUESDAY:  29 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Leadable Ice and in really decent shape.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face still has routes.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hwy 215:  Heard there was some thin stuff but that is second hand.

SUNDAY:  27 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Better ice than yesterday.  Good for top roping or leading on the bolted routes.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face still has routes but the sun cooked the south face routes.

NORTH CAROLINA:

No reports.

SATURDAY:  26 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Thin but coming in.  O.K. for bouldering.

Yonah Mountain:  North Face has routes and there are three or four thin but leadable routes on the main face.  Xanadu has no bottom or top.

NORTH CAROLINA:

No reports.

WEDNESDAY:  23 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Thin but climbable ice.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Whitesides:  Starshine reported as thin but some other options available.

Hwy 215:  Very thin ice in spots.

Graveyard:  Some top rope options.

MONDAY:  21 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Good ice reported and will be checking it out in person tomorrow morning.

NORTH CAROLINA:

My reports say that 215 and surrounding areas have no climbable ice.

FRIDAY:  18 DECEMBER 2009

WINTER STORM ADVISORIES FOR N.C.  GETTING COLD ALL OVER THE SOUTH FOLLOWING LOTS OF PRECIPITATION.  SHOULD BE GOOD CONDITIONS BY SUNDAY/MONDAY.

MONDAY:  12 DECEMBER 2009

Georgia:

Hogpen Gap:  Good leadable ice but the tops are a bit thin with running water, non frozen mud and moss.  Pics from Jeff C.

  

Yonah Mountain:  Nothing on the north face but some verglass going from top to bottom on the main face.

NORTH CAROLINA:

No reports.

NOVEMBER 2009

There were a couple of days here and there with thin ice at Hogpen but it really wasn't worth posting and getting y'all all excited.  Nothing else was reported and if there is not significant ice at Hogpen Gap, I am not wasting time driving to N.C. to look.

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