Nice conditions. The WI3 finish was a little thin.
It was a good route, but really cold, haha.
third attemp after various sub-zero wind-tunnel days
Fun climb. Late start meant we were treated to a beautiful sunset after topping out...and a long walk out in the dark.
Climbed this with Frank. Not much snow so far this year, but some loose, unconsolidated powder. Hyperextended my thumb on the gully approach, then fell while seconding a pitch (~15'slider due to rope stretch). Being preoccupied with being cold and the pain of my thumb, I got in too big of a hurry. Won't do that again! Alot more and some steeper ice climbing than I was expecting (4 pitches).
Mostly a snow slog up the gully with only a few short sections of ice that were hardly worth roping up for. Seems to change depending on recent weather. It had snowed a foot or two in the days before my climb.
Good times, wait until the snow is in the right condition otherwise you may suffer...
Great day for climbing. Had to break the trail up and we weren't really sure exactly where it was, so the approach was a bit difficult. We got passed by a group of guys who seemed to know what they were doing and where they were going. BAD idea!! Once we got to the ice climbing portion, it took them ages to manage ropes and one guy was trying to climb the ice with ONE mountaineering ax! After getting stuck behind them several times, they finally let us pass.
Had a heavy snowfall the day before so most of the route was simply trudging through deep snow. Didn't protect vertical ice much because the fall was soft and all belays were body belays because the snow was so deep. It was fun and a very nice day.
The day was great! 8 degrees, 40mph wind-classic New England conditions. The wind was blowing so hard the ice shards from the axes went upwards! Also the snow was all deposited at the exit which made moving very slow (4ft deep drifts) Mountain cat tracks (bobcat) were visible at the top. glissade retreat possible on the north west side-left of gully if facing it from rte 302.