Pisgah Forest Ice Report

Cold this morning! We awoke to 4 degrees on the thermometer as I was brewing coffee. I decided to take a trip up to the Sun Wall slabs with the camera and binoculars to spy the flows coming off of Cedar Rock and John Rock. On the drive up 276, long icicles hung from the road cuts and the Davidson gurgled past frozen inlets that feed the river. A frigid approach to the Sun Wall led past curled Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel leaves indicating that temps had not yet climbed into double digits. My dog Daisy kept the pace and flushed several birds from their slumber as we passed under the Legendary Nuclear Bomb and the Odyssey, eventually exiting on to the Sun Wall Slabs. With not a soul in the forest I took in the scene and through the binocs, noticed flows on the North aspects of Cedar Rock touching down and a few nearly touching down. Water grooves on the northeast flanks of Cedar have turned to ice grooves looking narrow, but climbable. Granted, from my perch I cannot attest to the thickness of these formations but they were easily identifiable- hinting that they may be thicker than one would think. John Rock looked much thinner and not yet touching the ground. Hope to see you in the shop soon! Enjoy the ice while its in!
Ice Tools from Black Diamond are discounted and ice screws are available too!

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