December 24, 2018 - McCauley Lake (Danylo)
I was at McCauley Lake on Monday, December 24 with Raymons, Janet, Kevin, Cynthia and Daunte. Lots of daggers and ice forming, but conditions, generally speaking, were thin.
Lake ice was solid (thicker than the 17 cm screw I drilled holes with). The beaver ponds aren’t frozen solidly yet (except for two) – we skirted the other 3-4. It’s beaver heaven up there.
Northern Cwm – didn’t venture up there; couldn’t see much ice.
Quickly Out of Trouble – no ice
Space Jam – thin ice on top of the initial boulder problem, small dagger at top.
Gift by Omission and Lightweight ID – both have ice top to bottom, but very thin down low (as is usually the case). Lightweight ID is quite wide.
Valentine Slabs area – mostly snow.
Blue Esther – Kevin led it. In, but lean (the ice runs out on the top half).
Grey Alan – some ice there
Three Stooges – don’t know.
Yellow Fever – not in.
The Wailing – looked to have ice from top to bottom, but a narrow final pillar (with mandatory top-out through juniper bush) will be exciting.
Bifurcation – Daunte led it. Only one, fairly short, section of ice
Mortgage Derivatives - nothing
A Dick, 6 Tits, V-Tree – nothing
Blue Lagoon – looked in, but would be a slog to get to
Blue Max Area – Lots of hanging daggers, most still on the unconsolidated side. (see pictures for your steep route of choice)
(We slogged to the very far end of the Talus Cliff, going not through the talus, but by walking up slopes on either side of the creek and then cutting towards the cliff at the far end. Last 15 m is a particularly nasty bushwack – partially cleared now)
Manon – Danylo led it up the easier right side. Fat.
Jon Johnson – good
Alpine Shugh – scrappy in the middle section
Blue Icefalls and Practise Area on the East Wall looked good (we walked by them on our slog uphill).
Not bad for very early season.