|Just about ready to go. Next weeks line?|
Hemlock is looking thin, but climbable after a thin start.
|Walking up to the thin start of Hemlock WI3|
The Main pillar is in horrible shape for the amount of cold that we've had. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone at this point. Don't waste your time if you're planning on coming here to climb the normal ice lines, they don't exist yet.
On a positive note. Upper Meadow Run is looking very good so far. The School Yard has a very nice flow for most everyone. Its forming an nice gully runnel just to the right of the normal ice lines. It appears to be thick enough for any length screws. Get it while its good. Here's a photo of School Yard area.
|The "NEW" right runnel that usually doesn't form|
The steep mixed climbs in the cave are good for dry tooling, but the ice doesn't appear to be long enough for body weight or use. So if you're into the upside down antics give it a little more time and they should be good for some tries. Above all, the best part of climbing at Upper Meadow is how beautiful the area is. Come out to Southwestern PA for some great winter climbing.
|The beautiful setting at Upper Meadow Run with the Amphitheater on the right|
|Another photo looking out of the cave|