Tag Archives: Lake Willoughby

The Sounds of Freezing

I have looked up at the line for eight years now. It had always seemed out of reach and too committing. What changed? Last year Josh Hurst and I put up a variation finish to The Last Gentleman at Lake Willoughby. We called the pitch the Family Man M7 NEI5+. It was a stellar line [...]

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Lake Effect

Two weeks ago I was guiding over at Lake Willoughby heading for Called on Account of Rain, but a friend, Quinton and his partner, scooped us. As we traversed back to the Promenade I noticed blotchy ice linked by cracks and flakes. The climbing looked sustained and good and best of all it appeared to [...]

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The Power of Youth

The power of youth never ceases to amaze me. I have often climbed with younger partners and it keeps me on my game. Older partners always humble and inspire me, but younger partners always push me. Maybe it is because I am quickly approaching 40 and I still think I am 29, or maybe it [...]

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