Saturday, February 1, 2014

Kinsman Notch Ice Climbing



Kinsman Notch Ice Climbing
AMC-NH Mountaineering

What a beautiful day for climbing at Kinsman Notch! I did not care for the approach, but it’s well-worth the effort for such pretty ice! We shared the crag with 3 other groups, one being from Art Mooney’s guide service. Shamrock (WI4-) was a good warm-up although I didn’t care for the ramp. But then again, slabs and rampy climbs annoy me. 

I loved Pot o' Gold (WI4) 
I got to climb the right side of this pretty pillar!! 
 And after watching most everyone on it,
I couldn’t resist Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3)
 

I still don’t feel comfortable walking in crampons so as usual, I hobbled my way around the crag. I had picked up some used Petzl Freelock Leashes from IME the week before and got to try them out. The temps were perfect and the company was fantastic! There were 8 students and 6 leader/co-leads/assistants for this group. Thank you Tom Sintros for leading this event and thank you to Tim, Ben, George, Nick and Kari for all the quick set ups, encouragement, beta and belaying! Here are a couple of photos taken at Kinsman Notch.

 Amy up the middle of Pot o' Gold (WI4)
Amy getting some points on axe swinging from Ben

 Tim on Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3)
 George on Hanging by a Moment -WI4/M6 (2)



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