Ice Climbing

Ouray

Oct
18

Last winter, my brother and I went to Ouray, Colorado. A reasonable drive from my new home, I wanted to show my brother what I enjoy so much about ice climbing.

The Ouray Ice Park is an awesome place. This natural gorge has water pipes running along the top rim . Many years ago, some clever climbers decided to tap the pipes to run water down the cliffs. This makes for very reliable ice climbing conditions with some awesome climbs. As a bonus, the natural hot springs in town make an excellent way to relax after a day on the ice.

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Glacier School

Aug
02

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December 29, 2013

Glaciers are a special beast. Formed from snow piling up over many years, compacted by the weight of that snow and slowly drifting across and shaping the terrain, glaciers have a special beauty that hides many of the dangers contained within. Safely navigating and climbing glaciers requires special gear, knowledge and practice, something I hoped to gain on this trip.

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Fortune Favors the Bold

Mar
31

So one of my friends throws a quite fun birthday party for themselves every year up in Thunder Bay. Last year I ended up missing this party because of another trip and so, this year, I went out of my way to find out details first. As usual, the party lived up to its reputation and so you won't see any pictures here.

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Mount Washington

Feb
28

Originally having planned to go skiing this weekend, that plan fell through due to lack of commitment from anyone else. Luckily, similar lack of commitment freed up space on a trip with the Alpine Club of Canada to Mount Washington, New Hampshire (USA) and they were happy to let me join them.

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Pushing Through

Feb
23

Ever have one of those weekends where all your plans go wrong? Multiple plane flights delayed? Ferry to even reach the airport violently buffeted by winds and unable to dock for almost an hour (luckily we've already mentioned the plane delays)? Large snow dump followed by frigid temperatures and high winds cancelling your original plans? Friends, having expected you to be busy, already having other plans? Chest deep snow once you do actually get out? All of the above and more in one weekend?

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Thunder Bay Festiv'ice 2013

Feb
23

I like climbing.  As my parents like to tell it, I used to climb out of my crib before I could even walk.  The doctors suggested putting a net over the top to keep me in, but my parents refused to put me in a cage--they indirectly supported this love from the beginning.

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