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Mar
03
2013
Hatcher and the magic three
Posted in Talkeetna Range & Skiing    Tags: cam, hatcher  

A good day in Hatcher with friends, sun, snow and stability. The magic combination.   ( Read more... )



ripple

Ripple. How many times have you climbed it? Once a season? Twice a season? Three times? For the past two years? For the past five years? 10 years? If you're a southcentral ice climber it's that route that you do at least once a year. It's close, it's always in, and it's always enjoyable.   ( Read more... )



Feb
03
2013
3 Ring Circus
Posted in Chugach Range & Ice Climbing    Tags: cam  

Layers, rain, renovations, life changes and work have kept me from getting out too much but the light is finally starting to return and with it my motivation for longer days.  So on sunday Jake and I headed out to climb 3 Ring Circus.  The ice was in terrible shape (mongo dinner plates with every swing) but temps in the mid-20s and light until 5pm made for a good long day.  We climbed 800' in 5 pitches and then bailed off manky alder anchors to reach the ground just as it got dark.  A good long day and a beautiful hike out Eagle River in the dark.

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Oct
20
2012
(the) Southeast Rock(s)
Trip Date: 10/20/12 - 10/27/12   Posted in North Carolina & Rock Climbing    Tags: family  


There is nothing like an east coast fall.   ( Read more... )



W Ridge

You don't ski during an ice year.   ( Read more... )



Nov
27
1992
Seneca
Posted in West Virginia & Rock Climbing   

I remember the first time I climbed at Seneca; Thanksgiving break 1992. Three of us skipped out from Thanksgiving family duties and drove 2 hours north from Charlottesville Virginia. Paul, Dave and myself. Paul and I had gone to the same high school and had been climbing together for a couple years. Dave was new to us.    ( Read more... )



Aug
25
2012
Jewel Mountain
Posted in Chugach Range & Trekking    Tags: dogs  


Beautiful weather and a day on Jewel Mountain.   ( Read more... )



Between weather, work and planning for our July trip I did not get out much this past spring. The few times I did get out it was for a quick jaunt up something in the Frontrange... more specifically - for yet another quick hike up Flattop, Peak 2, Peak 3, Peak 4 - or all of the above. At least I made an effort to carry my big camera along the way and focus on taking pictures of our backyard. Click through for more photos.   ( Read more... )



Jul
16
2012
Mont Blanc - Dôme du Goûter North Ridge
Trip Date: 07/16/12 - 07/17/12   Posted in France & Mountaineering    Tags: chamonix  

Scouring the guidebook for routes. Of the 3 straightforward routes, the Gouter route (which is considered the normal route) has you ascend the Grand Couloir; a 1500' wall of choss that shreds rocks and kills people on a regular basis. The Tres Monts route is touted by one guidebook as having the lowest objective danger... But last week 9 people were killed in an avalanche on the route.

That leaves the North Ridge; low objective danger and an elegant ridge to almost 14,000'. The only problem is the approach; 1 hour below the Midi (high risk of rockfall), 20 minutes below seracs and a crevasse field called La Jonction, which is so bad the guidebook actually says "call the hut warden about conditions".   ( Read more... )



Jul
01
2012
Chamonix
Trip Date: 07/01/12 - 07/29/12   Posted in France & Mountaineering    Tags: chamonix  




We spent all of July in France. Three weeks in Chamonix and one week in Saint Gervais with friends. I have hundreds of photos and pages of journal entries to sort through so this is nothing more than a brief roundup of our time spent and climbs done.   ( Read more... )




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