I packed for the trip on Friday night, knowing myself enough to know that I wasn't going to be able to wake up enough to make sure I wasn't missing anything the next morning.
After a quick meeting at Salt Pump me and my climbing partners headed out to North Conway in New Hampshire, to meet our guide, Jimmy, and borrow gear from Cathedral Mountain Guides. Quickly we were back on the road, on our way to Willey's Slide.
|Our view of surrounding mountains!|
We did get to do some low-angle ice climbing, as well as learn a bit about running belays (AKA Simul Climbing), and eventually went almost all the way up what you saw on the left side, in the first picture. It was an all around amazing experience. With proper layering I wasn't cold most of the climb, except my fingers because I was wearing the fingerless gloves convertible mittens for my gloves. Let me tell you, swinging an ice tool with numb, tingly fingers is extremely difficult, I do recommend better gloves. I think I will probably leave my down jacket on while climbing next time, and maybe lose a top base layer instead. In just my base layers, fleece, and shell I was a bit chilly, even when climbing.
|Me, super psyched to be outside climbing for the first time!|
It was a fantastic trip, and now I'm just really psyched to get back onto the ice. I'm planning on going Thursday morning back to Willey's Slide to tackle the middle section of just low-angle ice with my co-worker, Zack.
No matter what I know I'm going to be getting outside more this winter. Usually I avoid the snow and cold like the plague, this year I think I will be able to enjoy it more. Today I even went on a short winter hike to a waterfall near my house. As amazing as it is to go out and find big adventures there are also small ones close to home, that is something I need to remember when the "wanderlust" sets in.