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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by markvnh on Yesterday at 10:59:14 AM »
Ahh, Sierra Nevada from the source yesterday in Chico! Took the tour. The bottling line was impressive. Two of them at 600 bottles a minute each!

Ken Grossman the founder and owner was a climber. Pics of him on what looked like East Face of Whitney with a hemp rope tied around his waist, some pins and biners!

At the end we had 2 oz pours of 8 beers! A new IPA that was just released recently. Hop Hunter IPA. Very good.
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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by markvnh on Yesterday at 10:53:57 AM »
Meffa is a bit "fucked" without the snow! Ok, it's meant to be a joke!
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Steep ice
« Last post by markvnh on Yesterday at 10:51:36 AM »
I think I know my abilities on ice and will push to exceed them - a bit! When I do I'm fully confident I can get up the climb I'm attempting but damn, when I'm at that point on tough ice that the mind says "this is freaking hard" I agree with Nick - get a good stick, good feet, fire in the screw and I know at that moment I'm good to go! It's a a damn mental game we play!
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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by strandman on Yesterday at 10:28:14 AM »
Meffa must be a bit fucked with 30" of snow !!!
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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by ralbert20 on Yesterday at 10:14:57 AM »
About 30" all told here in Medford, MA.

Pretty much lived up to the hype here.
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Epics and Accidents / Re: Fatal accident at the Gunks
« Last post by djh860 on Yesterday at 09:06:37 AM »
You just have to place gear to protect a fall no matter how strong a climber you are.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Steep ice
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on Yesterday at 05:55:00 AM »
I am not so shure that this happens with me  rock climbing. unless you have the climb wired and know you are past the crux.  If It is an onsight I usually never know if I will make it to the top untill it's really obvious. The nature of ice climbing is that it changes constantly so just because i have prior knowledge of a climb from past seasons has little bearing on how it will climb today. Leading ice is all about conditions, endurance and confidence.  That seems to often bring me to a single defineing moment when i know that i have all three of those things  in sufficient ammounts to enshure success. On an easy climb that moment will be when i wake up in the morning and decide to do the climb. on a hard climb that moment usualy happens with a really sweet stick somewheres mid climb.
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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by Nick Grant on January 27, 2015, 10:17:39 PM »
About two feet here in Natick, ten miles west of Boston.  We Masshole schoolteachers are psyched!  Another day off tomorrow.
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Steep ice
« Last post by Nick Grant on January 27, 2015, 10:11:52 PM »
  "Moments like that remind me how mental this game is."


By "this game," I would say vertical ice climbing, run-out trad climbing, and highball bouldering (all at your limit, of course).  Any other additions?  (Mixed climbing doesn't count — it's the same game as ice climbing.)
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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by danf on January 27, 2015, 09:07:56 PM »
Measured on my back deck here in Effingham a bit ago.  It's still snowing, but not hard.  Relatives 15 miles southeast of us in Limerick, ME are reporting close to 3' at their house...
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