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Any word on Blue Lake yet? 15-Aug-2014 At 9:34:27 AM Damo666
I was climbing in there yesterday. It's OK but not great, not fat. The gullies are quite banked out with snow, taking several feet off some potential climbs.

There are maybe three decent flows that are worth doing. The one (see photo) over on the climber's right of the cirque that is usually the longest/steepest has had a lot of sun and is quite blue and fat in parts but melting out fast and chandeliered at the top.

The cornice at the top of the main gully is not very big at all this year, only extending a foot or two. No sign of avalanches or cornice falls at all, unlike last year.

The approach from Guthega was quite soft and the day very hot, but generally most of the high terrain is fairly icy and swept bare.

Note that the camping area on the left of the road on the way in near Island Bend is closed for asbestos removal, as are parts of the camping areas down on the right at Island Bend itself.

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