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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
|Checking out the ice for climbing. Photo by @nunofsantos|
It was a cold morning but good for getting some laps in while there's still ice in the area. For the most part, the ice here is still holding up. But some of the routes are baked/delaminated in the areas that get sun and hard and brittle in the shaded areas.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Since I didn't have mountaineering boots or crampons, I met up with Kellie at her climbing barn. Anthony and Mark were already ahead of me gearing up. Kellie and I take the same shoe size so I borrowed a pair of stiff leather boots and mountaineering crampons.
At the Moss Slab, Mark helped me put on my crampons. I first watched Dan and Kellie climb two routes...the right route just a bit more vertical than the left route. When it was my turn, I tied into my harness and Kellie let me borrow both her climbing gloves and ice axes. The gloves were heavy duty and had padding for the knuckles. I learned that the back of your hands are on the ice while holding the axes.
It felt awkward at the first-swings and since I'm right-handed, my left-handed swings felt weak. I felt like I had to swing harder and more often than swinging with my right hand only because I couldn't get good axe hold. My first try I only got off the ground a foot. So I got off the rope and rested a turn. On my second try I remembered to keep my heels low in order to 'engage' the second row of spikes. But at 3/4 of the way I tired, so I asked to get let down. On my third try I climbed the route on the left as it was more of a 'slab' and not as vertical as the route on the right. It took a while, but I did reach the top! It was exhausting, but I was ecstatic to be ice climbing!
Afterwards I walked up to the top of the ramp with my webbing and tied-in so that I could photograph the others' climbs. I took as many photos as I could, trying out some different camera settings for various results.
Overall, the weather was perfect...actually warm and the company was superb! I had so much fun on my first ice climbing day. And having a lot of help and encouragement from the experienced ice climbers in this group made all the difference! Thanks to Kellie, as well as Mark, Dan, Anthony, Doug and Eric for making yet another memorable day for me!
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