Trail Creek Ice report (and orienteering comment)

Trail Creek Ice report (and orienteering comment)

Joined: January 3rd, 2015, 7:56 pm

November 13th, 2017, 12:33 am #1

Just a heads up for anyone planning to hit the Trail Creek ice this year. DOT got serious about blocking the road this year and put up concrete dividers all the way across the road. No driving around as in the past. The barrier is about 100 yards up the start of the climb at the first pullout. It's going to make approaches a bit longer.

I walked up to look at Rock Roll canyon and it took me twenty minutes or so to get to the pull out you used to drive to. Not too bad but the steeper flows further up canyon are going to take some serious work to get to. First pitch of Rock Roll is formed but the rest looks either really thin or non-existent.

On another note, since climbing was out, I entered my first orienteering event this morning and I really enjoyed it. Kind of like running around and playing hide and seek. It was sponsored by the Community School and it was great seeing kids out in the woods using old school tech. I hear Boise has a pretty strong orienteering community...anybody here familiar with it?
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Joined: December 12th, 2016, 4:38 am

November 21st, 2017, 2:52 am #2

Thanks for the heads up on current conditions! I am fairly new to ice climbing but am looking to climb more. If anyone is willing to have a newbie tag along I would be happy to be a belay slave. I'm itching for some winter climbs!
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Joined: October 3rd, 2006, 6:10 pm

November 22nd, 2017, 9:05 pm #3

Just a heads up for anyone planning to hit the Trail Creek ice this year. DOT got serious about blocking the road this year and put up concrete dividers all the way across the road. No driving around as in the past. The barrier is about 100 yards up the start of the climb at the first pullout. It's going to make approaches a bit longer.

I walked up to look at Rock Roll canyon and it took me twenty minutes or so to get to the pull out you used to drive to. Not too bad but the steeper flows further up canyon are going to take some serious work to get to. First pitch of Rock Roll is formed but the rest looks either really thin or non-existent.

On another note, since climbing was out, I entered my first orienteering event this morning and I really enjoyed it. Kind of like running around and playing hide and seek. It was sponsored by the Community School and it was great seeing kids out in the woods using old school tech. I hear Boise has a pretty strong orienteering community...anybody here familiar with it?
The last time I was on that Ice, it had snowed the night before and I had to dig down through 4 inches of fluff to get to the ice.
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