November 4, 2012

Early Season Southcentral AK Ice


Me climbing in the crazy ice cave on the way home from classic fat ice Dreams of Brown Moose. Photo: Joe Stock

I've only gotten a few days in so far this season but they have been great. A day climbing thin ice and mixed at Black Lake, a nice day on some gigantic Unidentifiable Fat Ice (UFI) with Ben Chriswell, a day with Joe Stock in Portage...

On another note, turns have been made in Hatcher's Pass and in Turnagain, have fun but take care as things are still shallow. I'm going to wait another snowfall or two before I head out skiing as my skis and bones are precious...

A few photos from the day in Portage - Dreams of Brown Moose is incredibly fat and friendly at the moment.


The ice cave


The birth canal of the ice babies


Joe on the approach to Dreams of Brown Moose


Me leading the middle pitch on Dreams


Joe following the middle pitch on Dreams


Joe leading the last pitch on Dreams

And a few photos from a primarily ropeless ascent of the UFI...



Ben on one of many pitches...


And another...


And another...


And another...


Finishing that pitch up...


The fun continued for a while longer. Then it became time to bushwhack. 


2 comments:

  1. How was the slogging in between pitches on UFI?

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  2. Hey there - the slogging was a non issue, low snow and pretty much walking on ice for each of the benches.

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