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spring rock
« on: March 13, 2004, 12:21:12 PM »
just got back from climbing on Cathedral with George Hurley. we were up on a little crag below the Barber Wall that was in the sun and out of the wind. it's 29 here at the house and the wind is gusting betwen 5 and 25, but where we were it was balmy. you get the same kind of thing at Rumney and Sundown. it's really nice to be out on days like this. what's also really neat is how well the rubber sticks. MAN I love living up here in New England.

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2004, 05:39:02 PM »
 8)now i am jealous. I worked all day shooting jumps in the terrain park at okemo. steady 30+mph wind and freaking cold :P

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2004, 06:10:06 PM »
Sunday there was a party on the Prow at Cathedral & another doing Thin Air & then Pine Tree. amazingly enough there also were people climbing ice down at the North End!

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2004, 04:10:16 AM »
I don't know if I'm ready for this!!! I still want more ice time!!!!

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2004, 04:18:12 AM »
we had a dusting of snow last night but it's almost 40 degrees out there. it's supposed to get colder this week. who knows, the ice may stick around a bit longer in the dark places.

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2004, 10:18:58 AM »
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Sunday there was a party on the Prow at Cathedral & another doing Thin Air & then Pine Tree. amazingly enough there also were people climbing ice down at the North End!

Al


That was me and the little lady on the prow.  It was colder than i expected, but not that bad at all.  It's weird how your body remembers how to rock and aid climb even after a long winter of ice climbing.

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2004, 10:49:26 AM »
well nice to meet you both. it was me out toddering around with the camera when you two were getting out of your car in the morning. <grin> I actually thought it was a bit on the chilly side out of the sun! took you a little while to get off the belay and into your etriers. must be interesting for the second to clean that pitch...

I'll send you a couple or pictures that I took. one might even make it onto the site this week.

cheers,

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2004, 10:55:21 AM »
here's a pic of tico on the Prow:

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2004, 11:03:01 AM »
The traverse free moves were covered in this dense clear slick ice, both for hands and feet.  So i had to use the ol' inverted cam-hook in a horizontal flare.  Jess used the trail rope to rap sideways off to clean.  You know, the easier the free moves, the more awkward the aid is.  I love how aiding free climbs make real aid climbs seem so straight-forward.  Thanks for the pics!

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2004, 02:11:46 PM »
someone emailed & asked what camera I was using, so here's the scope...

Canon Digital Rebel SLR
75-300 IS zoom lens
tripod

the shot was taken from the road next to the kiosk. because of the way that the lenses in pretty mucl all of the digital SLR's are, the actual focal length was 1.6 x 300 = 480 mm. the lens also has image stabilization, which sharpens up things considerably in low light conditions.

I've been using this setup to take all of the Ice Report pictures  since Xmas. I think that it's made a pretty big difference in the quality on the site. for one thing I can take a lot of the conditions from the road and provide a real perspective on the whole climb. a shot like the one of John Bragg on Dropline (you can see it in the home page archives, would have been impossible with my old system. I'm still learning about how to use the camera, but it is really a ton better.

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Re: spring rock
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2004, 05:28:54 PM »
Funny how a little bit of ice can make easy moves pretty darn hard. that traverse cant be much harder that 5.8 without the ice but I bet it was pleanty of fun all iced up ;D