Monday, January 3, 2011

Ice House Canyon - Timber Mountain

On New Year's Eve, Cary and I started the climbing season with a leisurely climb up Timber Mountain starting from the Ice House Canyon trail head.  We hiked up the icy trail about 2 miles before we started our ascent up the ridge of Timber Mountain.  We decided to try a new ridge up Timber.  We have been to the saddle and also climbed the face of the mountain facing the saddle.  This time we decided to climb up the closest ridge the starts  just after the 2 mile marker. The snow had a thin layer of crust and a soft bottom so the pace was slow going (see video).  We reached about 7820 feet up the ridge before we reached our turn around time of 1pm.  We headed back down post holing all the way down the ridge.  It was a beautiful day out.  We didn't see anyone (on the ridge) or any tracks besides 4 legged critters that inhabit the mountain.  The only down side about this was the 2 mile track back along the trail.  I would say about 1 mile of the narrow trail was iced over.  It was a pain in the butt to walk back on.  I slipped 3 times on the hike out.  I am now sore all over, not due to the climb but from falling on my butt, shoulder and hands.  Cary and I took off our crampons after getting down from the ridge, BAD CALL!  Next time we will keep them on until we reach the parking lot! All and all it was a fun time.  I am so stoked for climbing season to begin!

Below is a track from my GPS unit.  You can click on it and then click "earth" to view it in 3D(google earth).  You will need a free plug in to view it in 3D, it only takes a second to download it.  You can also click "ter" and it will show you a topo map.  Enjoy!
Start: 7:50 at 5,000 feet
Turn around 1 at 7,820 feet
Return: 3:00

Starting the ascent.  (photo by Cary)
Rocking my new Native sun glasses.
Telegraph or Thunder Peak
I love to see this!
Cary climbing up!

View Ice House Canyon Dec 2010 in a larger map

1 comment:

Holly Teetzel said...

Beautiful day and great climb! It's sooo pretty up there. I loved looking at the images on Google Earth - as if your photos didn't show how steep the climb was, it was quite evident in G. Earth! I thought maybe you had tried your new ski boots, but I guess that's for another day. What are "Native Sunglasses?" They look cool. Hope your sore backside recovers quickly - yes, crampons might have been helpful :-) Glad you could end the old year with a good climb!