The official start to winter may be over a month away but for many of us in the Northeast the proverbial snowball is rolling now! This past weekend is when I flip the switch from Fall rock climbing to thinking a lot about snow and ice starting with attending the 7th annual Eastern Snow and … Continue reading ESAW re-cap and Ice Season has started!
Ice season is coming and while it is taking a little longer to get here than last year that gives you a little more time to get your kit together! Here's some content I've previously posted to help you do just that! A little stoke video from my season last winter! Gear Need to … Continue reading Getting Ready for the Ice Climbing Season
The Big Agnes Dunkley Belay Jacket is the lightest synthetic belay jacket I have tested this season that also competes well in the heat retention department. I previewed this jacket back in November and now that I have tested it above treeline on Mount Washington and while hanging at icy cold belays while ice climbing … Continue reading Gear Review- Big Agnes Dunkley Belay Jacket
This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to introduce four guests of Northeast Mountaineering to the joys of ice climbing. The North End of Cathedral is in great shape for early season climbing and we had a full day climbing on the North End Slab and the Pillars. Yesterday I got out to Frankenstein for … Continue reading Intro to Ice Climbing
I have just finished my 2nd winter season climbing in the award winning La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots and I should have shared my impressions of this boot long before now. As the saying goes, better late than never! Shopping for a high end mountaineering boot is stressful. Climbers will pour over online reviews, … Continue reading La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX Mountaineering Boots Review (and Giveaway!)
Yesterday Charlene, David, and Sam returned for an Ice Climbing 201 Course. A few weeks ago they went through our Winter Climbing 101 course and I posted that trip report here. With the basics out of the way we made our way to the famous Willey's Slide in Crawford Notch. After practicing some self arrest … Continue reading Ice Climbing Willey’s Slide and Frankenstein
Yesterday I had the opportunity to re-visit an area I haven't been to in quite a few years. Champney Falls, (Pg 138, An Ice Climber's Guide to Northern New England, 3rd Edition), a beautiful if not somewhat overly crowded top-rope area at times. On a Tuesday, after a busy IceFest weekend, we found some solitude … Continue reading Champney Fall Ice Climbing 2/9/16