WOW, what a weekend. In fact, what a week it was. We went through about every scenario that you could, in a bare 7 day period. Ending of course with the huge WHEWWWW exclamation when we all realized that Ice Fest 2016 was actually going to happen as planned! Just in case you were living under a rock, what I’m talking about was the amazing warmup and rain we had only a few days right before the weekend. Right down to the wire, Thursday, temps were in the mid-40’s and the water was pouring everywhere. Talk about a shock to the system!
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The new X4 Camelots are BD's latest addition to their 4-camming device collection. They claim that they are great for everything from big-wall to your basic day-to-day trad climb. So do they hold up to expectations, can they be a replacement for the classic C4's, and how do they compare to the ever popular C3's?
I'm getting cooked on all this wall climbing slavery. I want to sit on the beach, get a tan, and look at girls !
Climber on the classic test piece, Dropline
Frankenstein Cliff, Crawford Notch
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 11, 2016
For the most part the ice is IN almost everywhere. Some places are still thin and the top-outs are not always great, but if you can climb, there is stuff for you to do. Some of the climbs in the Frankenstein Amphitheater are problematic as of today, but with the cold that is expected for the weekend, that may change pretty quickly.
V-thread ice anchors are an easy, secure and inexpensive rappel anchor for ice climbing. In this article I will describe how to make the anchor, how to use it, what kind of gear is needed, and how to make your own tool. Everything about v-threading is easy and they have become popular at ice crags all over the world.
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