Showing posts with label Kinsman Notch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kinsman Notch. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2019

Leprechaun's Lement - Ice Climbing



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YAAAYYY - my first day out on the ice this season - super stoked! Climbed with Jeni and Ken for some stellar fun conditions at Kinsman. 

Thank you, Jeni and Ken for your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project!  With today’s climbing, I’m at  87 pitches! 


Jeni leading Leprechaun's Lement

Ken on Leprechaun's Lement



Sunday, February 17, 2019

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



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 good to finally meet up and climb with Catherine, Kristen, and SteveAnd 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! 





Monday, April 3, 2017

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


Pano photo left to right: LL gully, LL slab. Hanging By A Moment


Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3)
Kinsman Notch, North Woodstock, NH

The last of this season ice climbing for me....so I was glad I got to get in one lead. Like the past weekend at Arethusa Falls and weekend before that at Waterfall, we had the ice all to ourselves today. Overcast skies were sure promising and when we got to the base of Leprechaun's Lement, we were glad it was in the shade. For the most part, the slab was clear of snow. (below the base of LL lay the snow that had slid of the LL slab). 

John led the Leprechaun's Lement Gully, then we rapped down into the vertical section of the slab where we did a couple of laps. We also did a couple of laps on the Hanging By A Moment. And finally, in the late afternoon, I led the Leprechaun's Lement Slab. I led the center since I had only led the left hand side of the slab. The ice on the first half of the route was really still good. But by that time the clouds lifted and the sun had shown through baking the top half of the route. And after the half way point, the ice was just pure shitty. So I only placed pro up to the half way point and ran it out to the tree anchor. I could've put one more piece of pro in if I just scraped the shitty ice off of the top layer. But the grade was easy, I felt good, calm and not pumped and made sure all my sticks and feet were solid. Enjoy some photos taken of our day at Kinsman Notch.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Leprechaun's Lement Gully (WI2) - Ice Climbing


Leprechaun's Lement Gully (WI2)
Thanks for the belay, Ken!


Usually when I shut off my truck engine, the headlamps automatically turn off. But not today. Had to make a trip back down to the parking lot to turn them off. If you ice climb at Kinsman Notch, you know that very steep approach well. Great warmup hiking the approach twice, fer sure. But would have rather spent the warmup actually climbing. But my truck - she started right up. ;)

Met Ken and Dominique for some mellow climbing at Kinsman Notch. Ken thought the ice might be thin from the thaw, but the conditions were really good!  I thought it would be crowded but we had the climbs all to ourselves. Counting the three of us, plus a solo climber, two parties of 2, and a guided group, there were 18 total at the crag today. At one point we even left our rope hanging on the Leprechaun's Lement route and went to check out The Beast. Enjoy a few photos taken of our day.



Dominique on Leprechaun's Lement (left) and Hanging By A Moment (right).










Ken on Hanging By A Moment

















This solo climber made his way up Hanging By A Moment. He climbed up to the trees, then rapped down. Then climbed back up to the trees on a solo belay.











Met Sharon and Don. Sharon is a new ice leader too! 
Look at her go! Yay Sharon!

We checked out The Beast - looking good!

From the base of The Beast

Leprechaun's Lement

Selfie



Sunday, January 1, 2017

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

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Thanks for the belay, Ken!

Great to get out on the ice for the first time this season - a meetup event at the Kinsman Notch in Woodstock, NH. Just got a couple of top rope laps in but my last climb of 2016 was a lead on the fun & easy, Leprechaun's Lement. The grade was easy (WI2-3) but the ice brittle, so I re-bored a couple of screw holes. 

At one point I looked up and thought that it would so much faster if I didn't place any protection and just climbed this route to its anchor. I have to admit that thoughts of solo-climbing an easy grade has crossed my mind several times. But I have to learn to keep mum about it. I find that openly expressing an interest in solo-climbing freaks people out. 

Climbing this grade was uber fun. Shit, leading is fun! And if you've been reading my climbing posts, you've probably noticed that there have been several multi-pitch climbs where I have climbed as a "follower/middle" climber. I'm trying to get away from this type of climbing as at this stage, I would prefer to either climb as a "second" or "lead" climber. I learned how to lead on grades 2 & 3's. Now my goal is to get as much mileage in leading grades 2 & 3's. Ken Domino on my belay.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kinsman Notch – Ice Climbing


Kinsman Notch Ice Climbing 


Getting out to ice climb every weekend is such a blast! Now that winter is winding down, I keep hoping that the cold temps will continue so I can get outdoors to enjoy whatever ice I can. Today there was a small group of us met up to climb at Kinsman Notch. The temps were pretty mild and that can only mean one thing - some MELLOW climbing! Here are a few photos taken of our day.

Bringing a bit of Hawaii to Kinsman Notch

We set up ropes on Leprechaun's Lament
as well as to the left of Hanging By A Moment
Amy & Jeff
 Ray
 Amy

Jenifer
Jeff
Hawaii Girl (4)





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