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Saif

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Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:31:21 PM »
I've been ice climbing about twice in the N Conway area with the help of a guide.  Me and a friend are hooked so we've decided to buy some gear and start going on our own.  The problem : we're not that good.  I was looking up the routes section on this site and it seems the routes (even the easy ones) require a rack to climb. 

Can anyone recommend climbs that you can hike to the top of and hook up a top rope to (ie won't require you to lead in order to set up a top rope) AND is beginner friendly?  We've done WI 3s & 4s and some M3s.

Thanks!!!

T_Moon

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 07:19:15 PM »
There's the North End at Cathedral and Champney Falls...

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010, 09:21:14 AM »
Flume is a great TR area. Most of it steep, but you can find easier lines at the end if you feel like it. Also, most iceclimbs in Rumney can be setup as TR as well.
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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010, 10:03:19 AM »
Check out Rumney.  The wall directly at the parking lot has some flows.  Ranges from easy to less easy. 

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010, 12:11:30 PM »
Texico Ampitheatre is pretty good fro TR's and was never crowded back when I used to go there ~ 10+ years ago.
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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010, 12:56:00 PM »
Texico Ampitheatre is pretty good fro TR's and was never crowded back when I used to go there ~ 10+ years ago.

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Saif

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010, 02:49:03 PM »
Very cool - thanks for the input everyone.  I was gettin worried that I was going to need a leader

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 12:07:31 AM »
you don't need no stinkin' leader...  ::)
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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010, 07:31:42 AM »
Al, some of us leaders wash in the winter :P

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010, 01:42:22 PM »
you don't need no stinkin' leader...  ::)
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Buy a couple of screws and head up to george's line by Mineral site, the long water course. I think he graded it 1 or 2 with tree belays and maybe 800' or longer.

Saif

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2010, 05:13:26 PM »
Really cool site.  based on responses and other threads I read, seems champney falls, kinsman notch, the Flume, N end of Cathedral, and the Bubbles (???) are all places I can go to for TR and a mixed grade of climbs.  Folks living in NE are lucky to go as often as they like.  I've just booked my tix from DC, first weekend of March can't come fast enough.

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2010, 05:16:49 PM »
After this weekend, ya may as well stay in DC and do some monuments !

Saif

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2010, 07:35:27 PM »
haha isn't that the truth!  30" of snow never looked so beautiful. 

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2010, 07:52:42 AM »
Theres still pleanty of ice to climb. Sunny spots like rumny may be shot but Kinsman andFlume and many other spots will hang in there. Plus I have an Ice rack to sell if anyones interested..

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Re: Beginner Ice Climber and no rack
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2010, 02:46:21 PM »
Saif - How did your trip go?

Where did you end up climbing?