So I must REALLY like ice climbing because I went up by myself for 2 weeks with only 1 partner lined up for 4 of the days. Why else would I spend countless hours in sub-freezing temps, put up with cold toes, screaming barfie hands, slick roads, lonely evenings , and one good meal per day? There were many fun days no matter my complaining. One of those days in particular was one of the best days of my ice and mixed career too. Here is the break down of the fun I had with 10 different people!
1-15-17 Junkyards 4p to wi4 w Jack
1-16 Haffner 2p w14
1-17-17 Guinness attempt 2p to wi3 w/Jenn, Paul. small sluff sent us packing
1-18-17 Redman/Whiteman 4p to m6 wi6 w/ Jeremy R
1-19 -17 Johnson wi4 w/ Jeremy P
1–20-17 Wuthering/Green Angel 3p to wi4 w/ Steve, Jeremy
1-22-17 Big Dipper, Little Dipper 3p to wi4, w/Jeremy, trying to find Lacey G.
1-23-17 Hafner 5p to m6 wi4 w/ Mike, Rachel, Trystan -soon to be bad asses
1-24-17 Circus Circus wi4 3p w/Jim Elzinger. Rarely formed route with a legendary partner
1-25-17 Unicorn/Kitty attempt wi4 2p w/Nolan, broken pick
I have to say, the day with Jeremy R on Whiteman/Redman was especially awesome. I was happy to give the crux of Whiteman to Jeremy, and what a super job he did on that intimidating lead! We spent 14 hours that day in a beautiful area doing the 4 amazing pitches.
It was fun doing 2 days in the Ghost with Jeremy, and Steve too climbing 3 routes that I hadn’t done yet. Both days ended in a headlamp blur at the end of long distant approaches for great ice with no crowds. Of course after 50 pitches of ice and mixed so far this season, I hurt my knee(mildly) on flat ground , so now Index is on my mind for a few weeks from now. What an exceptional ice season, I hope this can be the normal type of winter once again.
Thanks to all of my wonderful partners, and especially Steve for setting me up with a room, and partners for most of the days.