New Ice Climber Weekend : TR

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014 2:51 PM
    Message # 1470097
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    Jan 3rd., enduring arctic temps meet at Chapel Pond parking lot at 10 AM.  At the parking lot we put on our boots/crampons and started the trek into Chapel Pond Canyon.  During our trek pointed out some of the ice classics and went over proper crampon walking technique.  

    We arrived at Positive Reinforcement (WI 3-4) and had the entire place to our selves.  Prior to setting  up top ropes we discussed ice climbing hazards, safety, ice tool placement and foot technique.  The temps and full shade conditions also presented additional instruction on staying warn and reviving frozen hands.   Ended up setting up three ropes on three different type of ice climbs.   We ran top ropes laps till dusk at the same time providing technique instruction to climbers.   For the climbers awaiting their turn, held side clinics on foot work. 

    Bonus of the day: all participants had the pleasure of experiencing screaming barfies.

    Jan4th., we header to Cascade Pass and ended setting up top ropes on Boozer and Bowser (WI2-3).  Ice steps and bulges presented the opportunity for climber to master the proper technique to climb over ice bulges.  Much different climbing from day one...  Participants had some exposure to mix climbing and event frozen turf action.   The last hour of the day we went over screw placement, screw anchors and building a v-thread.  

    Jan 5th.,  with the lack of leaders and personal obligations back home participants either started driving south, went for a hike to practice crampon technique or went for last ice climb. 

    Overall at total success!

    Thanks to Dave Giacomin, Dave Ciesla and Andrew Nowak for helping  throughout the weekend. 

    Cheers  - Piotr   
  • Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:34 AM
    Reply # 1470681 on 1470097
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    Awesome Trip, Piotr! I had a blast. Thanks for the hard work and knowledge. I have the ice itch.

    Can you recommend resources for finding ice in the mid atlantic?  Also, any reading to be done on evaluation of ice?

    Max, when are we going to see those photos??
  • Wednesday, January 08, 2014 3:03 PM
    Reply # 1470900 on 1470097
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    On the old site we did have a nICE google map with local rock and ice beta.  Unfortunately the new site has the google map but none of the beta links work :( 
    Hope it's not lost data because it sure was useful and had lots of good local info. 

     Good source for regional ice conditions is

    But just surf the forum and you'll see the ice hunters out and about this winter. 

    Cheers - Piotr 

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2014 11:13 PM
    Reply # 1471214 on 1470097
    Piotr Andrzejczak wrote:

    Thanks to Dave Giacomin, Dave Ciesla and Andrew Nowak for helping  throughout the weekend. 

    What about Mike Danhardt! Thanks Mike!!!

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