Saturday, December 22, 2007

Don't You Forget About Me

  • Ever since Chouinard and Frost revolutionized ice climbing with their tools, the level of difficulty keeps going up and up.
  • The current level of mixed climbing is way beyond me. It's amazing.
  • You see, I'm just an old fashion ice climber who loves motoring up moderate snow & ice gullies.
  • So while all these mixed climbs are totally rad, don't you forget about the ice gullies.
  • If you are a Northeastern, this means a road trip to Huntington Ravine on Mt. Washington, NH.
  • Trust me on this one, Mt. Washington is the home to the worst weather ( The weather here is down right dangerous. Usually about 1 - 2 people die a year here due to falls and/or exposure.
  • Bad weather + a long history of accidents + relative remoteness = a recipe for FUN. It's always an adventure on Mt. Washington.
  • So put away your mono points and leashless tools. Grab your 12-point crampons and curved ice axe. Don't forget your bivy bag, map and compass.
  • And head towards these historical gullies.
  • Pinnacle Gully is the classic NEI 3 climb - enjoy it.
  • There is only one bad thing about climbing in the Mt. Washington Valley. I can never find a decent slice of pizza anywhere. Oh well, you can't have everything in life.
  • One last thing, if you have some spare time, hit the backside of Wildcat with your backcountry boards.

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