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First off I want to wish everyone a very healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a very wonderful year and I personally feel that I have a lot to be thankful for. Of course I would be nowhere without my family, I have my health and I live in a wonderful place. It's so easy these days for us to quibble about this & that and to loose perspective of just how good we really do have it. Sure, things could be better, but they just as easily could be a whole lot worse. My goal these days is to try and look on the bright side of things and as I look forward to a wonderful dinner with friends and family, I am very thankful for everything I have. All my best.
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?
One thing to remember on the Eiger, never look up, or you may need a plastic surgeon.
Art Mooney and Erik Thatcher climbing some ice on 11/17/2014
Black Dike, Cannon Mountain
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 27, 2014
While there was ice forming in the lower elevations this past week, the 1.25 inches of rain and temps almost in the 60's we had on Tuesday killed it all. As of Wednesday everything was back to ground zero. There is likely still ice in the upper elevations, but even it will likely be suspect. I'm leaving the IceCON rating at a 1, figuring that things will hopefully come back on the Mountain fairly quickly, but I doubt that will be the case for the lower elevations for another week or so. Especially with another warm front on the way for late in the weekend through the early part of next week!
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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