Ice Climbing in the Rain

On March 7th a regular client came up for two days of climbing with Paul and I. We have a history of climbing in the rain and unfortunately this trip was no different. We got a pitch of climbing in on Standard Route at Frankenstein, but the camera did not get much use. We were able to spend some nice dry time in the cave going over different types of anchoring methods, belaying, v-thread’s, etc, so it was a productive day out!

The next day dawned clear and Chip made a successful summit climb of Mount Washington with Paul. Good to see you again Chip and statistically we are due for a nice dry day in the mountains soon!

2-8-09 Private Ice Climbing Course

Good friend and regular client John D. came up for a long weekend of climbing with some friends from CT. I was lucky to get John to myself for Sunday. We didn’t get too many pictures because we were too busy climbing most of the plastic routes in the Amphitheater but here’s some of what we did…

 

John topping out on Chia
John topping out on Chia

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John with an organized belay on Hobbit Coulior
John with an organized belay on Hobbit Couloir

It was a great day considering it was during the Ice Fest, which usually means big crowds and long lines on popular routes. We also got a slightly earlier start than usual, meeting at 7:30 to beat the crowds, despite the morning rain. The ice on everything was plastic and we enjoyed Bob’s Delight, 3 variations of the Cave Route, Chia, and the 1st pitch of Hobbit Couloir before calling it quits. It’s nice to hit the Moat Mtn. Brewery after 600 feet of vertical ice at 4pm isn’t it?

Here’s a vid of me leading Bob’s Delight and John climbing Cave Route;

Before you watch it, be warned with no dedicated camera man you are destined for one non-changing view and a semi-bland video experience…

 

John eyeing pitch 2 of the Hobbit...
John eyeing pitch 2 of the Hobbit...

 

 

John, as always, thank you for an awesome day in an awesome place. Climbing with you is always fun and enjoyable! To the next climb!

2-07-09 Beginner Ice Climbing Course

Hello friends, family, acquaintances, previous clients and strangers. Here begins my personal guiding blog with this post about a great day with four EMS clients on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures and are out challenging yourselves today!

 

Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, White Mountains, New Hampshire

During the hike in we noticed some climbers up high on “Diagonal”.

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Can you see them?

After a few minutes of walking on the unplowed road we reached the North End and started to gear up.

 

Crampons on
Crampons on
Randy makes some last minute adjustments
Randy makes some last minute adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda and Randy review their knot tying skills...
Amanda and Randy review their knot tying skills...

 

 

 

Shane and Michael review their belaying skills...
Shane and Michael review their belaying skills...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane takes his first few swings while Michael manages the rope...
Shane takes his first few swings while Michael manages the rope...
Amanda gets some good "sticks"
Amanda gets some good "sticks"
Amanda keeps her heels low and weight over her feet...
Amanda keeps her heels low and weight over her feet...
Randy below the North End Pillars
Randy below the North End Pillars
Randy on the steeps...
Randy on the steeps...
Randy closes in on the top...
Randy closes in on the top...
Shane on attentive belay duty...
Shane on attentive belay duty...
Shane, kick kick, swing swing...
Shane, kick kick, swing swing...

I want to thank Amanda, Randy, Michael, and Shane for a great day in the mountains. You were a fun group to teach and I hope to see you at the EMS Climbing School again some day!