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Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
south face of Aconcagua.
south face of Aconcagua.
Credit: Paul Teare
If you plan on climbing any of the major peaks on the planet and you dont ice climb, well.......... youre gonna die.
steve shea

Nov 17, 2013 - 12:31pm PT
Yup JD is on it. Pass the sunscreen. Ice climbing is nothing more than high altitude, underpaid construction work. Ifin you can pound nails you can ascend la glace. The trick is to never fall, have Popeye forearms and a leash! Leashless is bs. I like leashes and lot's o' pro. Old Lowe drive in/screw outs. You could fasten yourself to almost any icicle very fast. Good for the head. I don't know if they held but good for the head.

Breashears and I once climbed the Black Dike on Cannon without tools, well only for placing and removing pro. That was fun cause it did not seem like construction work. Heh Heh

Are people really toproping Bridalveil and Ames and the like? Colorado used to be pretty quiet. No more huh?
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
Last time I was in Lee Vining was 1985, not crowded at all. Ran into Ron Kauk, who I knew a bit from Camp 4 - climbed Main Wall, Right Flow and Chouinard Falls. Last time I was on ice was also in 1985, Sequoia NP with my friends Ron (not Kauk) and Jeff. X-C skied in, did some small routes (couple of pitches) and I led one long climb about five pitches up some gully, as I was the most experienced on ice (and I am not).

Also, 1985 was the last time I climbed a mountain (the three Mexican volcanoes - Ixta, Popo and Orizaba).

I love ice, rock more so. Ice/snow - Mt Shasta, Mt St Helens before it blew, Mount Olympus (Olympic NP), Mt Shuksan (Price Glacier), V-Notch, U-Notch, Dana Glacier (Tuolumne) unroped (easy peasy), still have Rainer and Hood on my tick list. And the Bugaboos, and Chamonix and Alaska and…

… the list just seems to be getting longer and I am getting shorter.

I also understand that there is some good ice in the June Lake area. Conditions in Ireland are not always "right" but on Lugnaquilla in the Wicklow Mountains, there can be, at times some good ice climbing in North Prison (what a name). I was suppose to go there several years back when conditions were superb, but Jennie's illness prevented such a trip (we were living in Dalkey at the time).

That same winter I was due to go to Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, but again… Jen was shortly out of hospital.

Sigh, at least I have saved my knuckles from taking a beating.

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Nov 17, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Credit: Kalimon

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 17, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
The last ice climb i actually enjoyed was the Diamond Couilor on Mt. 2005....interesting mixed climbing off the deck followed by a pleasant romp up a beautiful peak.
The last rock climb i enjoyed was three days ago to be followed by one tomorrow.

Nov 17, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Credit: jopay
Or you could try So.Il.[photo
Credit: jopay

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Nov 17, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Steve. leashes are a PINTA. once you get over them it feels a lot less like construction work.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
I personally like the changing nature of ice. It is really never the same climb twice. My friend Dawn Glanc always told me she would rather have a warm day of ice climbing than a cold day of rock climbing.

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Nov 17, 2013 - 11:46pm PT

Don't get tooled.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 18, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Old skool stylin'...

Credit: Reilly

At least he is properly attired.

Anchorage Alaska
Nov 18, 2013 - 06:13am PT
Kalimon nice photo of stairway. Thanks for the memories

Grizzlyville, WY
Nov 4, 2016 - 10:13am PT
Get cold already. Gees.

hold please
hold please
Credit: WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2016 - 03:53pm PT
backyard quarry
backyard quarry
Credit: Chugach

Credit: Chugach

double secret
double secret
Credit: Chugach
new world order2

Nov 4, 2016 - 04:41pm PT
Ice is nice, especially when it's plastic in nature.
Last pitch Guiness Gully. Field, B.C.
Last pitch Guiness Gully. Field, B.C.
Credit: new world order2
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