Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rock Rimmon – Aid Climbing

Rock Rimmon – Aid Climbing

A lesson in Aid Climbing! Pro was set up on the bottom portion of Armpits and I gave Aid Climbing a go. The slab portion is a bit of work, but once I got up to the vertical section, setting up the Aiders and climbing was easier. My first time aid climbing and I never realized how much I would enjoy it! Another form of climbing!



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Frankenstein Cliff – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing



Frankenstein Cliff – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing
The Standard Route II 3+
Standard Route Area
Frankenstein Cliff
Crawford Notch State Park



Another MELLOW day for ice climbing! The weather forecasted precipitation but as I drove up it was only cloudy. Eager to do another multi-pitch, I prayed that we would have some sunny skies with no precipitation, and my prayers were answered!  From the tracks we could make out 3 climbing parties already on the blue cascade. But by the time we got up to the base of The  Standard Route Area, we had the place to ourselves with no one to push us from behind.

We completed the route in 3 pitches. Jeff led and then belayed both Geoff and I as we climbed in tandem. I don’t know what is it I enjoy the most about ice climbing, perhaps it’s everything about the climb. Sure the ice is pretty under the “right lighting.” But having a awesome leader and climbing in tandem with another climber, made it possible for me to focus and learn about our climb. The temps were very mild and at one point the sun came out making it a bit “hot” while climbing! The weather made the ice “very forgiving.” There were already so many holds in the ice, that for most of the first pitch I took to hooking my tools in deep holds and barely having to kick my frontpoints. At the first and second belay stations I studied Jeff’s anchors and carefully watched him transition to leading the next pitch.

At the second belay station Geoff pointed out that I wasn’t anchored in correctly. I had clipped myself into a locking biner but the biner was secured to only one anchor and not all three. I should’ve known that – it was my responsibility to make certain I was anchored in correctly. Even with also being anchored with a Munter Hitch, it was no excuse to overlook even with two ropes, three anchors and three climbers at the belay station.

All in all, it was wonderful day for climbing and I was truly stoked to be a part of a multi-pitch ice climb. Here are some iPhone photos I snapped along with some photos taken by Geoff.

The Train Trestle

Jeff - the approach to the base of the climb

Jeff making his way up the 1st pitch with Geoff on his belay
Making my way up the 1st pitch
The right-hand cave
 At our belay station after the 1st pitch (3)


Jeff leading up the 2nd pitch
Making my way up the 2nd pitch . . .
. . . and then the 3rd pitch

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kinsman Notch – Ice Climbing


Kinsman Notch Ice Climbing 
Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England 

Getting out to ice climb every weekend is such a blast! Now that winter is winding down, I keep hoping that the cold temps will continue so I can get outdoors to enjoy whatever ice I can. Today there was a small group of us from the Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England Meetup group to climb at Kinsman Notch. The temps were pretty mild and that can only mean one thing - some MELLOW climbing! Here are a few photos taken of our day.

Bringing a bit of Hawaii to Kinsman Notch

We set up ropes on Leprechaun's Lament
as well as to the left of Hanging By A Moment
Amy & Jeff
 Ray
 Amy

Jenifer
Jeff
Hawaii Girl (4)



We shared the crag with Mooney Mountain Guides.
Art Mooney had 10 clients for the day!
Love to watch Art climb, he makes it look so easy!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Frankenstein Cliffs – Ice Climbing


Headed out to Frankenstein Cliffs to meet up with Jeff, Geoff, Tom and Al for some ice climbing. Warm temps made for some really mellow ice climbing! Didn’t bring my DSLR along on this climb, just took photos with my iPhone.


Bringing a bit of Hawaii to Frankenstein Cliffs
 Crawford Notch


We did an easy warm-up on the Practice Slab along the tracks (3)
Jeff on my belay
 Jeff on Geoff's belay
 Al with Tom on his belay
Then we moved onto "A Walk In The Forest, WI 3/4"
Al and Tom on belay

Geoff on the left. Jeff on the right ready to top off.
Jeff belayed Tom & I on separate ropes as we climbed  in tandem


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stonehouse Pond Ice Climbing

Stonehouse Pond Ice Climbing
AMC-NH Mountaineering
A mellow day of ice climbing in Barrington, NH
Photos
 
Bringing a bit of Hawaii to New England!

A few of us did some ice climbing without tools
I actually enjoy this!


 Amy (2)


Jennifer

Mille

Eric on some mixed stuff

Bridget

Jim Kent

Ben on the mixed stuff

Jim, Tom and Joe