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Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on January 25, 2015, 07:43:14 PM »
hopeful I can avoid doing this again....    the last big storm 2 weeks before Xmass :P
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by eyebolter on January 25, 2015, 07:33:24 PM »
Bouldering with no shirt today in the sun, six pads stashed in the cave so bring it on!   

Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by danf on January 25, 2015, 05:51:20 PM »
Oh, yippee....  I'll be busy.  An old pic (haven't had the truck in 2-3 years now), but one of these will be my home for the duration.....  If you are in Ossipee during the storm, stay the #@$%^&!!! outta my way! :D
Epics and Accidents / Re: Frankenstein Cliff
« Last post by Jonny_Weld-a-Nut on January 25, 2015, 05:12:03 PM »
All the best to you.  Heal quick!!!

Epics and Accidents / Re: Frankenstein Cliff
« Last post by tradmanclimbz on January 25, 2015, 03:47:08 PM »
Hopefuly a full recovery!.. only done waterfall twice and both times felt the top out was kind of sketch for a climb that is described as the easiest in the area.
Ice & Winter Climbing / lake willoughby ?
« Last post by wiggins on January 25, 2015, 02:16:17 PM »
anybody got any beta on zephyr? climbed it the other day and did the rock finish to the right mantleing a tree, real fun.  coulda been cuz i ran it out from bad ice and no rock gear but it felt fairly hard for 5.4, wowsers.  anybody know what it goes at if you go straight up to the big tree with the tat? looks like it'd take alright gear and is fairly steep, might it be possible to do this from crazy diamond  if it wasn't a  busy day?
Epics and Accidents / Re: Frankenstein Cliff
« Last post by David_G48 on January 25, 2015, 01:51:49 PM »
Thanks for the update and candor. Wishing you a 100% and quick recovery. All I can say is wow on the rather large section of ice letting loose.......your right sh%$#t does happen and in this case it did. Hope that you are back on the rock this Summer and ice climbing next season again.

David G
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by Admin Al on January 25, 2015, 01:17:31 PM »
I hope the wifey can get out on Wednesday to pick me up at the airport! ;-) I'd hate to have to spend another day out here in LA!
Epics and Accidents / Re: Frankenstein Cliff
« Last post by foxtrotsix on January 25, 2015, 12:48:29 PM »
 Well first off let me say, for all those who assisted My 27 year old son and I from Waterfall a couple weeks ago .....Thanks a pant load!!! Its Great to see and be a part of the New England Climbing community. Thanks , thanks ,thanks,! cant say it enough. To the dude who picked my left behind gear from the ice the next day and actually brought it to me in the Hospital, you are an outstanding individual !!!thanks Man!!!contact me I would like to talk with you.
 FYI im 53 and have been climbing both rock and Ice since about 1993, I have had lessons on Ice through EMS climbing school , I even worked for them as an O.S. in the old Natick store ....I am Experienced ! Accidents Happen! Ice climbing and Mountaineering are inherently dangerous!!!!! look the fuck out, it can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME
So this is what happened. As we all know it was a great day for climbing. Blue sky 34 degrees was good. I took the days climb to waterfall on the tracks at Frankenstein, we headed up the easy first pitches to the main flow of Ice about 150 to 200 ft above the tracks. I have lead this route many times was all going well , we even held fast at about mid flow about 40 ft from the top to let some faster climbers go ahead of us, after they topped out I began my moves to the last bulge at the top. I swung my axes in good over the bulge and began to" walk up on my axes" cresting the bulge, I removed my right axe to gain higher placement for my next step up ,removed it and began to swing it in when everything that I was standing on and axed into let go in a big chunk, im talking a big friggin chunk all 3 points of protection came loose with the chunk I was on! I slammed down the 12 ft bulge on my" ice surfboard "which shattered into a million pieces , sending me head over heals down the cliff face.... and as we all know are going to fall twice the distance of your last placement! 15 plus 15 is 30 ......yes that's right 30 ft head over heals WTF!!!!!! it happens... anyway it was nothing more than an unfortunate Mountaineering accident, the law of averages finally bit me in the ass ...hard!!!
I broke both ankle bones and my heal on my right foot and my heal on the left foot, pain was a mother fucker!!!!!
surgery in two weeks will have me out and about and back to my life soon after
Well there you have it my first hand account of the fall .
Thanks again for all the assistance everyone
Conditions / Re: New England Blizzard 2015!
« Last post by strandman on January 25, 2015, 12:05:05 PM »
Time to break out the good scotch and avalanche poodles
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