Saturday, January 30, 2016

Auburn Ice Canyon - Ice Climbing

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A fun vertical!
Auburn Ice Canyon
Auburn, MA

Given the warm temps today, we got lucky to have ice to climb on! I saw photos of the ice there from March 2015 and it was uber fat! But I’ll take whatever ice I can get on, especially with great ice climbing buddies! Steff and I met up with Robb, Dan and Joey at the Westec  approach. Our approach from Westec Drive was a easy and short 15 minute hike, with leveled terrain most of the way. Once we got to the canyon, I was surprised to see my buddies Jeff and Kevin setting up top rope. Originally, I had told Jeff we’d be at Auburn Canyon, but he was going north to climb with Kevin. A change of plans brought him and Kevin down to MA. Other climbing buddies, Chris and Tom showed up a short while later. There were 4 top ropes set up and I got in 6 climbs including a fun vertical and some mixed climbing. It was such a wonderful day for ice climbing! The day was clear, temps moderate in the high 30’s. And there was much laughter throughout the day!

Auburn Ice Canyon is actually a flood-diversion channel for the greater Worcester area. It usually carries a faint smell of sewage in warm weather. In the winter when everything is frozen, the floor is hard and the rock and concrete walls build up with ice flows. The canyon is a short ride from Boston and a great alternative if you’re not up for driving north to ice climb. Also perfect for getting in some quick laps.

Enjoy some photos taken while ice climbing at the Auburn Canyon in Massachusetts!

Our Westec approach took us down a ramp
then a short rappel down to the canyon floor.

Once on the canyon floor, it looks like there isn't much for ice.

But there was enough ice flows for 4 top rope setups.

Canyon Floor Selfie

Steff rocks some ice!

Chris got on some mixed stuff to show me the way!

Good to see Kevin finally on ice!



Dan's first time!


Canyon floor 

Robb and Dan

No one home

POV by Robb Millett - 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Kinsman Notch - Ice Climbing

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Kinsman Notch
Woodstock,  NH

It was my first ice climb of the season and it felt good to finally be out and climbing. It was Ken's first climb of the season as well. Today was Steff's second time out climbing and she totally loved it. And Archit had never ice climbed before today, but is now hooked! Today's climbing event was part of the Mountaineering, Climbing &Backpacking of New England meetup. We set up ropes on Pot o' Gold (WI4), Kilarney (WI2+), Shamrock (WI4-). A rope was also set up on the climb at the far left but I don’t know the name of the route. Enjoy some photos taken of our day of climbing. 

Pot o' Gold, Shamrock and Kilarney.
Thanks for the belay Jeff!

Archit's first time ice climbing
He killed Pot o' Gold!

Steff enjoying Pot o' Gold and Shamrock

I love to practice climbing with no ice tools!
Fun and challenging!

All smiles and loving ice climbing!


Climb With Aloha!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stinson Mountain - Winter Hiking

Stinson Mountain (2,850ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
Trails: Stinson Mountain, Snowmobile

Another great hike with the Nature Girls! 
Enjoy some photos taken along our hike.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mt. Wachusett - New Year Hike

Spent the 2nd day of the New Year hiking Mt. Wachusett with the Nature Girls!! Enjoy some photos taken of our hike!