Yet another snow event yesterday and last night brings the Valley total to around 30" in the past 10 daze! WOO WOO... There was another 2 hour delay for the schools as well. Let me tell you, this is getting old. It was clear in the Valley at 9:30, but still snowing like crazy when got up to the Notch at around 10AM.
The MWV Ice Fest is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. Even after over 21 years it continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technicalclinics and privately guided climbs. Don't miss it!
February 3-5 in North Conway, NH.
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Petzl Connect Adjust
Petzl has come out with a new device for anchor attachment and to extend a rappel device for rappelling. Does it really make things easier, or is it just another finicky device that you’ll check out and then rarely use?
Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while. This is a small but important reason for Polish climbers' success. Western climbers haven't lost as many fingers or toes.
Jordan Cargill making short work of mega-classic Dropline, WI 5.
Frankenstein Cliff, Crawford Notch
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 16, 2017
At this point almost everything is IN and in pretty decent shape and I'm raising the ICECon level to a 4. The thing now is simply getting around. With all this snow you might not want to be the person breaking trail. [wry grin] Tramping out to the more obscure spots will definitely require snowshoes and a heads of for avalanche danger.
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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