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Old 10-16-09, 10:31 PM   #1
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Ice Climbing

Haven't done it in years and even then, it was only a couple times. I wouldn't mind trying to take it up as a good winter hobby.

Anyone in Fooland ice climb?
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Old 10-17-09, 03:52 PM   #2
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Kept meaning to for a number of years but it always warmed up just as I got things lined up. Sadly all of my ice tool experience as been on cement or foam. As such, I'm sticking to rocks and plastic this year, maybe ice next year.
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Old 10-17-09, 04:34 PM   #3
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I did some ice climbing when I lived in Summit County CO, but the only ice I see these days is in a highball glass.
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Old 10-17-09, 04:47 PM   #4
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I've found that the older I get, the less close I need to get to death to get the same thrill.

If I hear death is in the neighborhood, that's close enough. No need to get up close and personal by ice climbing.
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Old 10-17-09, 05:23 PM   #5
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I've found that the older I get, the less close I need to get to death to get the same thrill.

If I hear death is in the neighborhood, that's close enough. No need to get up close and personal by ice climbing.
Ditto for me as well. I'm perfectly fine with a biannual Christmas card to the neighbors being the closest I wanna get to the river.
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Old 10-18-09, 04:51 PM   #6
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I climbed some snow & ice on the Mountaineers Route of Mt Whitney; it was April, many years ago. It wasn't vertical, but there were spots that were pretty precarious.
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I went ice climbing for the first time last year on the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. Quite possibly the most fun I've ever had wearing rented pants. Unfortunately, I tore my left MCL from all the kicking of my crampons into the ice, so it's unlikely I'll ever do it again.


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You're not going to find much ice climbing in Michigan unless you go way north.
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i used to climb pretty extensively.mostly alpine ice but a number of waterfalls, etc. prolly the most intense being polar circus & mt quadra in the canadian rockies and early ascents of country club on snow creek wall & drury falls in leavenworth canyon, wash.
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mt andromeda,nw bowl, canadian rockies


1st ascent,middle finger,mt rainier wa.

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Old 10-20-09, 07:37 AM   #10
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It's almost ice climbing season here in Florida, when the blizzards slam into the mountains on the west side. I plan on getting some more time with the spikes this year.
Walt has you on the not allowed list doesn't he?
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"Ice climbing" is what my ex's new husband must be doing.
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i used to climb pretty extensively.mostly alpine ice but a number of waterfalls, etc. prolly the most intense being polar circus & mt quadra in the canadian rockies and early ascents of country club on snow creek wall & drury falls in leavenworth canyon, wash.
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mt andromeda,nw bowl, canadian rockies


1st ascent,middle finger,mt rainier wa.
oh man.... those pics make me all giddy. Just beautiful.
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Those pictures are indeed rather motivating!

Done only some very very easy winter scrambles so far, but hoping to get out for some Scottish Mixed climbing this winter, can't wait!

Bit of a kit list now though, I don't like getting cold!
Sorting myself some axes at the moment...
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.... but hoping to get out for some Scottish Mixed climbing this winter, can't wait!
that sounds like fun

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