Yes myself and two others got out last Sunday. We ended up having the place to our self. I did notice as we topped out what looked like another party of two bushwacking in. If indeed they where they must have been planning to spend the night as it was 5:30pm. I was shocked to be honest as the Lowes lot was full...
I do not have pics as one of my buddies has my camera. We did not get out of the woods till 8:30 pm and it was a mad scramble to hurry up and go our own ways as two of the three of us have jobs that require a good nights rest. The bum i am did not get home till 1am and then slept till 11am the next day.
Part of our long day was due to two of the three of us forgetting micro spikes of some sort or just not thinking we would need them. The trail that was covered in snow on the way out to the gulf in the am but had all but melted out and turned to a sheet of ice starting about half way down on our return. Needless to say it made for some real slow going, musta got real warm down low mid day? A trail i usually descend in 1.5 hours from the summit of Adams or Madison took 3 freaking hours. Still we had a blast so it did not matter a bit!!
It was my first time climbing in the Gulf and i gotta say after breaking outa the bushwack into the open i felt like a kid in a freaking candy store!!! Next time i venture into the gulf i will take a tent and spend two or three days. It was like a paradise to me as i just love that way out in the woods all alone feeling. Even better was my two buddies insisted i lead most of the climb. Yes looking at all the trails cut over on Wildcat takes away from the way in the woods feeling but for New England it seems as good as it gets.
The ice was baking fast and imop in some pretty scrappy shape already. Climbable still but going fast, again just my opinion. We where putting snow balls over most of our screws and much of the ice was just junk to be honest. It at least made for some real easy first sticks but you really had to look for good screw placements. I was told i failed a couple and places some junk. Live and learn i suppose as i lived
I will post pics when i get my camera back. My buddy also took a few pics. I have some crap video but it is just that crap so no need to share.
Heading in i figured i would be back for more this weekend. Post climb it seemed like a big risk for such a long approach and i had decided before we topped i out i would not be back this year. I figured worst case i would get up into Huntington this week or weekend but after reading about large icefall and solo climbing i decided it a better idea to hang up the tools for the season.
I don't climb rock but i went to my local gym today and bought my first pair of shoes and bouldered till my shoulder was killing me and my hands began to blister. I found a group to climb with Sunday at Quincy quarries. I hope to continue pick up right where i left off with ice and get out 2-03 days a week all season? Should be a bit more easy to do than with ice as i dont always have to drive 3 plus hours twice in one day.
It will be a long 7-8 months till i see ice again