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 Post subject: Big Four Ice Caves 10/19
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 7:47 pm 
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I bouldered for a couple of hours at the Big Four Ice Caves last Saturday. It was great, I didn't actually enter any caves but the remaining walls where the roof has already melted make for good vertical to overhanging traversing, and this is a perfect place to practice climbing over an overhang and exiting over the bulge.

I'd have had more fun with a rope, the roofs of some of the caves are 30-40' off the deck and the surface underneath is too broken to risk falling that distance and landing on one's crampons or back. That was a bit of a bummer because it meant I missed out on trying the most overhanging parts - perhaps as much as 120 degrees! There were quite a few sections that had fairly flat landings though so plenty of opportunities to play.

There was a party of Mountaineers there, they were funny. There were at least 10 of them.

I'd like to go back up there soon. The hiking is only one mile and the trail is literally wheelchair-accessible (we saw a couple with a child in a stroller). The driving takes 90 minutes.


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