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Hillyer and Viola Ravines 12-31-09

I went up to Hillyer and Viola Ravines to check on conditions yesterday.  My friend Bob and I hiked up to Viola Ravine first.  Viola was pretty blown out. I would say it’s going to be in good shape later next week.  Hillyer was fat and wide with all four pitches having fun variations on each pitch.  On the  right side of the main Hillyer falls has an easier three pitch variation taking you to the top.  We walked in from the bottom of the ravine passing by Moore’s Bridge.  Moore’s is pretty thin on the left side and the gully was running.  The middle and right side are looking better if you plan on top roping.  Getting to the top would be pretty scary.  Look for the ice to explode this coming week.  If you would like to reserve a day of ice climbing call 845-853-5450 or check out our website at www.mountainskills.biz.  We also have a updated Catskills Ice Climbing Conditions page at http://mountainskills.biz/iceConditions.htm

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