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Private Lead Ice Climbing Lesson - Day 2

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On the sharp end! Thresher (WI3) Cathedral Ledge, NH


Today I had my second private lesson with Alexa Siegel of Cathedral Mountain Guides. We headed out to Cathedral Ledge for the day. It was warm and we didn't know if it would be good for me to start leading, but there were cold temps for several nights providing some good enough ice. So when we got there, we found that the conditions of the ice were ideal for learning to lead. I had good sticks and feet all day! I ended up leading two easy short routes at Cathedral; the North End slab (WI2) & Thresher (WI3).



At the North End Pillars I did a warm up climb on top rope, then a mock lead climb on top rope. On my warm-up climb I got to try out Alexa's Nomic Ice Tools and they were definitely aggressive and weighed differently from my Quarks. She also had pick weights on her tools. Following my warm-ups, I got a lesson in building an anchor with one ice screw and a v-thread.




Alexa
After a quick snack and a lesson about "Harness…

Railroad Cut, NH – Ice Climbing

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Railroad Cut SW4-Cheshire North Rail Trail Keene, NH AMC-NH Mountaineering

Got to work on my climbing technique and also do some mock leading. Joined Tom Sintros and Ben Greene of the AMC-NH Mountaineering group to do some laps on lots of vertical ice at The RR Cut in Keene, NH! At one point there were two dozen climbers and a dozen ropes set up for 5 hours of climbing. Great to see many old climbing buddies, also met many new folks! Just a few photos taken by Cristina and I - I managed to get in 12 laps so not many photos taken. Thanks Jason (aka Mtn Man) and Dave for the belays! And Mahalo nui loa to Tom and Ben for the great day! :) 
A bit of mock leading
"Even us New England ice climbers love Island Princess chocolates!" says Tom Sintros.
Michelle kicking it to the top!





Sticks and ice...endless fun day for cute pup, Roscoe!