Showing posts from April, 2019

Parasol Gully, Dixville Notch - Multi Pitch Ice Climbing

Bringing Jackie up the 1st pitch of Parasol Gully (me in the bright green pants) Looking up at Parasol Gully (WI2+) from the pullout, we had no idea if the ice was good. In fact, I was actually skeptical. But Jackie said, "let's go take a walk up there and check it out." And so we did. And I'm so glad that we did. Jackie and I had been considering Parasol Gully since last October, but weather and other plans always got in the way. Today we were staring up at fat blue ice, in the shade. I can certainly understand why this route would be on the list of the top 10 ice climbs in New Hampshire. The climbing is fun, straight-forward. And the views of the notch from along the route are gorgeous! We even bumped into Nick and Isa who climbed a couple of laps on the route. This climb was a little over 3.5 hours drive from my home in Massachusetts. So I opted to stay overnight in Colebrook. I had dinner and breakfast at the Wilderness Re

A Look Back at Learning To Ski!

Besides my #Turning 60 & Climbing About It project, I also ticked off another bucket list item this year! I have never had any desire to ski, but this year that all changed when my youngest granddaughter took up snowboarding at a nearby ski learning center. Plus, I couldn't resist the "Learn To Ski" deals!  I signed up for 3 lessons at Mt. Sunapee Resort and fell in love! It was easier than I thought it would be. The balance on skis is very similar to the balance on ice skates - plus it was super fun! Like climbing, I wished I learned this sport sooner. But really glad to have another winter sport to love, spend money on, and get stoked about.