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Tag Archives: Ice Climbing

Katahdin

A winter ascent of Katahdin is a coveted tick for all Northeastern alpine climbers, I finally got my chance. Katahdin as it was known by the Penobscot Indians of northern Maine meant “the greatest mountain”.  Therefore when you talk about it there is no need to add Mount or Peak, Katahdin is all.  On the [...]

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Spring in Alaska

Every spring, winter addicts travel north to 63 degrees north latitude to get one last winter fix before the long summer detox.  Just three degrees shy of the Arctic Circle the Alaska Range holds winter year round.   I have made this migration for the last decade in pursuit of unclimbed lines or to offer [...]

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Ten Centimeters of Steel!

With the spring showers we have the change of the season.  Yes ice climbing is done for the year but we enter the spring skiing season and rock climbing season.  In the past two weeks I have guided a little bit of everything.  Ice climbing up on Mt. Washington, ski mountaineering on Mt. Washington, and [...]

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New tools.

Every time I get new ice tools I feel like a kid at Christmas time. I want to run out and climb the closest chunk of ice I can find. Perhaps it is because I am a guy and guys like tools. When I started ice climbing, a friend Eugene Woody, took me to the [...]

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Ah…Fall!

Ah…Fall! It is the season to wrap up rock climbing projects finish up the yard projects and batten down the hatches for winter. It is also the season to train. The spring transition from ice climbing season to rock climbing season is always a shock. Your big muscle groups like your quadriceps and latissimus dorsi [...]

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Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse! In Grand Teton National Park there is no better way to experience the alpine climbing that the Park has to offer. I have just returned from completing the traverse in three days (which is the classic way to do it) with Barry Olson. The Grand Traverse completes the continuous chain of mountains [...]

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Oh Canada!

Oh Canada! That’s the feeling you get driving down the Ice Fields Parkway or bumping down the four-wheel drive roads of the Ghost in Alberta. I recently spent 8 days ice climbing up there with Eugene Kwan and we had a taste of everything. Our first day in the Ghost we enjoyed some four wheeling to [...]

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We have both kinds of music here!

Brother Andrew skinning up the Tucks trail Like the bartender said in the Blues Brothers movie “We have both kinds of music here, country and western!”  We here in NH we have both kinds of winter fun ice climbing and back country skiing, and this is a great year for both.  We just keep getting [...]

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Cold, Rain, and Snow!

Cold, Rain and Snow. It the past week we have had it all, which has produced interesting conditions. The ice climbing at this point in the season is usually fat and safe everywhere but now it is fat and maybe not so safe. It is these conditions precisely that make ice climbing interesting and uniquely [...]

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New Hampshire Ice Climbing

Here are a few great ideas for the upcoming ice climbing season in New Hampshire. Show someone that you care: There’s no better way to say you care than to give the gift of knowledge.  In this case, the gift of Ice Climbing knowledge from Mahoney Alpine Adventures.  Forget about giving gifts that break, get [...]

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