Climbing in the

Climbing in the "Happy" Trench

June 1st, 2006 - Heathfield and Buchanan climbing out of the "happy" trench that I dug next to our campsite. Not only could we practice climbing crap snow, but by setting skiis over the trench we could do pullups.

Additionally, by hanging a pulley for crevasse rescue from the skiis, we could string a weighted pack in the trench through the pulley to a shovel handle with our climbing rope, allowing us to do any gym exercise that uses a pulley (rows, bicep curl, torso twists, etc.)!

on Jun 13, 2006 10:53 pm
Image Type(s): Ice Climbing,  Alpine Climbing,  Humor
Image ID: 200302


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mauri pelto

mauri pelto - Jun 13, 2006 11:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Definition of happy

What is the definition of a happy trench? It sure looks like all are having fun.


PellucidWombat - Jun 13, 2006 11:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Definition of happy

That will be more clear in the trip report that I'll be submitting soon. Basically, in the first stormy days Heathfield started referring to our mess tent as the "hellhole" and I decided to turn the mood around by randomly nicknaming it the "Happy Dome". The name caught on (even though the tent wasn't dome shaped!) and the "Happy" terms spread to other parts of the camp as well :-D


Whitesail - Oct 24, 2006 8:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Definition of happy

I'm not suprised it is a happy trench. Swigging a bottle of JD just may be the cause!

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