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Tag Archives: Mixed Climbing

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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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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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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Big Expedition, Fred Hutchinson Climb.

It is my belief that every mountain is climbable. It is also my belief that every mountain will not be climbed every time it is attempted. I was asked to join the Big Expedition by Matt Farmer, Farmer as he is known. I barely knew Farmer, in fact just weeks earlier we had met over [...]

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MT Willard; little big Mountain.

Three days on Mt. Willard in March reminded me why it is one of the best little mountains around. Mt Willard is only 2865 feet tall, which is even small by New England standards, and the southeast face is only 800 feet if you include every slabby inch of it. Most of the routes are [...]

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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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