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North End Slab, Cathedral Ledge - Ice Climbing

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Met up with Brandie to climb at the North End of Cathedral today. We parked at the intersection of Cathedral Ledge and Chapel roads and walked in. We got up to the base of Thresher with the intent for me to lead a quick climb. But with too much fresh snow, I bailed after placing the first piece of pro - so much work clearing the snow in order to look for a good placement. There was a guide and his group of clients at the North End Slab so we headed over. They had just finished up and was climbing at the Pillars. There was a lot of snow on the slab, but I knew there was a trail where the guide and his clients went up so I could follow. I got up about 4 feet past my first piece of pro when I realized that my right crampon had popped off. I'm all about downclimbing but when I placed my crampon-less foot in a pocket it slipped out. I looked over at Brandie and said: "I'm going to fall if I continue to downclimb." So I put in a piece of pro and had Brandie lower me

Weekend Ice Climbing

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Did a small lead as my last climb of the day Moss Wall, Stonehouse Pond, NH What a great weekend of climbing. I got in a couple of small leads and lots of top rope laps at Rumney and Stonehouse Pond. I had climbed rock at Rumney many times but it was my first time EVER ice climbing at Rumney and it was a blast! Originally we were supposed to climb at Frankenstein Cliff on Saturday but Nancy forgot her snow pants. I suggested Rumney or the North End of Cathedral because both are sheltered. We decided on Rumney and it turned out to be a good alternative. Rumney was 8 degrees warmer and when we got there, there were some folks leaving. We got in some laps and I got to lead that dirty little route on the right!  😁  Parking Lot Wall Pano On Sunday I met up with Adam and Kyle at Stonehouse Pond. They each brought two others who were new to ice climbing. The new climbers were having a great time learning. Eric and I paired up to climb and it was fun to give him some be

North End Pillars Cathedral Ledge - Ice Climbing

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It was Brandie's first time on ice this season and her first time ice climbing at Cathedral Ledge. We parked at the intersection of Cathedral Ledge and Sanctuary Roads and walked in. I was going to lead Brandie up the North End Slab but there were two guides with their clients. So instead, I set up a top rope anchor and we did laps on the North End Pillars. It was super windy on the drive up to North Conway, but being well-sheltered, the North End was free of wind. It was also quite warm, perfect! A mellow, relaxing day for getting in some ice climbing laps.   Thanks, Brandie for your help and support for my  "Turning 60 and Climbing About It"  project!   ❤️   North End Pillars From the top of North End Pillars Brandie left - climbing guide in red jacket The trail leading up to Thresher Trail up to North End Slab

Turning 60 & Climbing About It!

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It's the big 6-0 this year! Yes, I turn 60 July 10th and what better way to celebrate than to climb, climb, climb throughout the entire year! My big 60 goal would be to make 60 outdoor climbing pitches by the end of 2019! All disciplines (except bouldering... weeellllll....maybe bouldering! ), either on top rope or on lead. I've enlisted the help of my climbing friends and I'm also looking for more to help me on my climbing journey. Follow along on my blog or let's get out to climb! 60 Pitches and Counting! # of Pitches - Route/Crag - Location - Type - Date 1 - Trestle Slab, Frankenstein Cliffs, Ice Climbing - 1.7.2019 2 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.11.2019 4 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.13.2019 2 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.26.2019 4 - Leprechaun's Lement, Kinsman Notch, Ice Climbing - 2.17.2019 4 - North End Pillars, Cathedral Ledge, Ice Climbing - 2.25.2019 3 - Parking Lot Wall, Rumne

Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3) - Ice Climbing

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Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3) Kinsman Notch, NH Ice climbed at Kinsman Notch today. Only our group of 5 and another group of 5 climbing here today and after leading Leprechaun's Lement, I know why - super.hard.ice. It took me several extra swings and kicks to get a good purchase, and I had difficulty removing my tools from the ice. Gotta admit it was work and a lot harder to lead than I expected. But it was still a stellar day to be outdoors and climbing. It was g ood to finally meet up and climb with Catherine, Kristen, and Steve !  And thanks Jeni for your help and support for my  "Turning 60 and Climbing About It"  project!   ❤️   1 lead and 3 top ropes down today....47 more pitches to go! 

Crack Climbing & Sport Leading Instruction #9

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This month marks one year that I started on my journey of learning to crack climb. While vacationing in Joshua Tree National Park a year ago , I hired Seth Peitit of Mojave Guides  for two days to teach me to crack climb. Not only do I love crack climbing, but I enjoy the process of learning the techniques of crack climbing. Since returning from Joshua Tree NP, I wanted to continue my crack climbing lessons. So every month I drive 70 miles north to Salt Pump Climbing Company in Scarborough, Maine for my lesson with Tino. Tino, the head routesetter, is a "movement guru" and I'm fortunate to take lessons from him. And t oday I had another super day of lessons with Tino!  Several months ago I added sport leading to my crack climbing lessons. I find my lessons on sport leading to be really helpful and enjoyable to learn! The lessons give me an understanding and help me get accustomed to the technique necessary in the movement of sport climbing. It includes leading i