January 27, 2011

Portage Climbing

Andy and I spent a couple days climbing a couple of classics at Portage over the break. Here are a few photos from those days. 

Andy walking on black ice out to the ice climb Hands Across the Water. The climb was so enjoyable that I went back with Ben Chriswell a week later and climbed it again. Both times we ended up climbing the center line since it was the steepest and had reasonable ice quality. 

Hands Across the Water

2nd pitch on Hands. The first time Andy and I went, there was no snow so we had a great time climbing an extra pitch at the bottom. The second time there was snow and Ben and I just ran up the first 400 feet on super easy ice and snow climbing. 

More cool ice formations, this time in the two foot thick black ice of Portage Lake.

A photoshopped Jenny on graphically tweaked textures in the black ice.

Conditions on Death Lizard (left) and Rainbow Bridge (right).

Conditions on the Fringe wall.

Conditions on Gingus.

Conditions on Lucky Man. Andy and I also went and climbed this classic. 

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