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Moments in the Week

Watch where you put your gear down

Watch where you put your gear down

Repentence

Repentence

This past week the ice climbing has been simply put, Great.  The snow pack is building with frequent storms and the temps are staying cold creating a good situation for the ice to continue to build.  I have had the chance to ice climb a little bit of everything this past week.  The highlights are: Welcome to the Machine, Dracula, Clawsicle, Chia, Pegasus, Hard Rain, Repentance, Thresher Pillar, Diedre, Cinema Gulley (x2), Upper east Slabs.  It is a lucky lifestyle to lead.  The conditions have varied from full alpine on Cinema with wind and horizontal snow to sunny skies while enjoying a well climbed Repentance.

The guiding can become routine, but in a good way.  It is a bit like being on a climbing trip where everyday you wake up and sort gear and decide what to climb.  Some days it is hard to get up and do it again but once the crampons are on and I tie into the rope I still get psyched to swing my tools and climb some ice.

The Sign says it all!

The Sign says it all!

5 degrees but in the sun!

5 degrees but in the sun!

Winter is great for the challenges it offers.  Snow can be a problem but it is always better with it than without it.  The cold can get tiring but I will take it over a warm winter day every time.  I look forward to my next day in Crawford Notch, or on Cannon Cliff, or Cathedral ledge.  I hope I get cold hands and find deep snow on the approach.

Cinema Gulley in a storm

Cinema Gulley in a storm

Upper East Slabs Mt. Willard

Upper East Slabs Mt. Willard

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