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It's funny how you have friends that you've known a long time and you have some of the same interests. And yet you never do any of those things together. My friend Matt and I have known each other for almost 15 years. We both ride bikes, we climb and we play music. The only one of those things we have done together is the latter, music. Matt is a good drummer and we have played in bands on and off for a while. Surprisingly tho, as much as we both love to ride and climb, and as many times as we've talked about it, we've never done either together. Go figure. Today we finally checked one off the list and got out climbing together.
The new X4 Camelots are BD's latest addition to their 4-camming device collection. They claim that they are great for everything from big-wall to your basic day-to-day trad climb. So do they hold up to expectations, can they be a replacement for the classic C4's, and how do they compare to the ever popular C3's?
The climbing as a whole is not very esthetic or enjoyable; it is merely difficult.
Mr Lee styling up Pinnacle Gully on a beautiful early-season day.
Huntington Ravine, Mt. Washington
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 15, 2014
While the Valley ice is taking its sweet time, other places are starting to fill out nicely. Unless we have another rain/warmup event, my bet is for some fairly reasonable ice for Xmas. That would be a nice holiday gift, don't you think? ;-)
V-thread ice anchors are an easy, secure and inexpensive rappel anchor for ice climbing. In this article I will describe how to make the anchor, how to use it, what kind of gear is needed, and how to make your own tool. Everything about v-threading is easy and they have become popular at ice crags all over the world.
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