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#40915 - 10/23/08 07:26 PM Won't be long now...
kmc2 Offline
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According to neice, The Black Dike has seen its first ascent of the season. How much longer 'till we have ice that most of us are actually able to climb? Any predictions? Or at least some pictures posted of top roping on dead trees, or some other form of ice training? Winter is fast approaching, everyone get ready.

~Kevin

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#40918 - 10/23/08 09:19 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: kmc2]
KathyS Offline
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Registered: 01/10/08
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Loc: NY, USA
All my spiky things are sharp and my warm gear is standing by. All I need is some good ice.......

Kathy

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#40944 - 10/25/08 01:38 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: KathyS]
Aya Offline
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I'm afraid of ice. And I think I don't like it.
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#40951 - 10/25/08 03:45 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Aya]
pedestrian Offline
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riiiiiiight.

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#40952 - 10/25/08 07:05 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Aya]
learningtolead Offline
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Registered: 04/16/02
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I know I won't really get any sympathy since I wanted a baby and got pregnant intentionally, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa a whole season off of ice climbing. I really don't know what to make of a whole winter without the prospect of climbing or skiing.

But in good news for the rest of you, it's highly likely to be the best ice season in recent history.

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#40953 - 10/25/08 07:56 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: learningtolead]
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Registered: 09/24/01
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I know I won't really get any sympathy

Oh you've got sympathy. I think I can write for all of us in wishing you a happy gestation and even more when your priorities drastically change.
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#40954 - 10/25/08 09:04 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: learningtolead]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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 Originally Posted By: learningtolead
I know I won't really get any sympathy since I wanted a baby and got pregnant intentionally, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa a whole season off of ice climbing. I really don't know what to make of a whole winter without the prospect of climbing or skiing.


Congratulations to you!

But in all likelihood you won't be back to a full climbing schedule for, oh, about 20 years. ;\)

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#41007 - 10/28/08 02:26 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Mike Rawdon]
HR1 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 34
Loc: New Paltz
 Originally Posted By: Mike Rawdon
 Originally Posted By: learningtolead
... I really don't know what to make of a whole winter without the prospect of climbing or skiing.


Congratulations to you!

But in all likelihood you won't be back to a full climbing schedule for, oh, about 20 years. ;\)


You mean that climing once a month isn't a full climbing schedule?! ...

Bring on the snow (and ice!!!)

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#41031 - 10/29/08 06:42 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: HR1]
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Alas, ice climbing season has devolved into a couple times on rock when it is warm enough and once or twice with the tools. This is, of course, much improved from the days when my kids were small and my entire climbing year was leading up Three Pines once. The parenting gives back in other ways, though, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and continue to do so, Learning. Does this mean you won't be X-c skiing by me as I thrash up some easy route covered in fluffy white this year? I hope you still get out and expect you will. Even more fun is X-C skiing with the young-un in a carry pack! Just get someone heavier than Smike to set the tracks for you so you don't keep collapsing into it.

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#41034 - 10/29/08 07:42 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: chip]
empicard Offline
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 Originally Posted By: chip
Just get someone heavier than Smike


Sounds like you're volunteering to me!
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#41041 - 10/29/08 11:52 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: empicard]
CrackBoy Offline
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climbing whats that?. ice is only for my drinks right now. fact i haven't even climbed anything in well over a year, maybe 2 even
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#41043 - 10/30/08 11:45 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: CrackBoy]
empicard Offline
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 Originally Posted By: CrackBoy
ice is only for my drinks right now.


You're starting to sound like Eddie!
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#41053 - 10/30/08 03:48 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: CrackBoy]
Smike Offline
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 Originally Posted By: CrackBoy
fact i haven't even climbed anything in well over a year, maybe 2 even


Thats sounds more like eddie...

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#41057 - 10/30/08 04:44 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: chip]
Dillbag Offline
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 Originally Posted By: chip
Even more fun is X-C skiing with the young-un in a carry pack!


Hahaha! Like LTL is gonna be carrying the little-guy... I think that task may fall to someone who falls less often... Like, well, me...
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#41333 - 11/08/08 01:23 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: kmc2]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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Registered: 11/29/99
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 Originally Posted By: kmc2
According to neice, The Black Dike has seen its first ascent of the season. How much longer 'till we have ice that most of us are actually able to climb? Any predictions? Or at least some pictures posted of top roping on dead trees, or some other form of ice training? Winter is fast approaching, everyone get ready.

~Kevin


No photos, sorry, but 2 x 35' of solid, dead white oak* this afternoon means the pre-season fun has begun. It was a bit uncomfortable in my ice gloves at 60+ degrees though.

* Route name: "Murphy's Lawg"

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#41431 - 11/11/08 02:40 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Mike Rawdon]
Smike Offline
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Ok here we go... get your sh*t ready and stop screwing around on dead wood. If things come to pass over the next 2 weeks as they are looking right now this could be the best start in many yearsÂ… (Thank you Molly \:\) )

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#41437 - 11/11/08 03:16 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
learningtolead Offline
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Dude, if there's actually ice in two weeks, I'm going! I've dreamt about ice climbing 3 times in the last couple of weeks...

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#41440 - 11/11/08 04:08 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: learningtolead]
chip Online   content
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So, the baby kicking away inside brings on dreams of kicking crampons into bright ice! Hope your dream ice is ready when you are, LTL.

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#41442 - 11/11/08 04:21 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: learningtolead]
Smike Offline
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 Originally Posted By: learningtolead
Dude, if there's actually ice in two weeks, I'm going! I've dreamt about ice climbing 3 times in the last couple of weeks...


Sweet! You just may get some ice in this year!

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#41444 - 11/11/08 04:48 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
learningtolead Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Smike
 Originally Posted By: learningtolead
Dude, if there's actually ice in two weeks, I'm going! I've dreamt about ice climbing 3 times in the last couple of weeks...


Sweet! You just may get some ice in this year!


At least I wouldn't be wearing flip flops...

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#41457 - 11/11/08 09:43 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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 Originally Posted By: Smike
Ok here we go... get your sh*t ready and stop screwing around on dead wood. If things come to pass over the next 2 weeks as they are looking right now this could be the best start in many yearsÂ… (Thank you Molly \:\) )


Just checked - I TR'ed East Crag on Nov 12 last year. Probably a pic of it somewhere here. Real ice, plus several inches of snow. The moss top moves were not frozen though.

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#41459 - 11/11/08 10:06 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Mike Rawdon]
chip Online   content
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Gotta love a moss top out. That is the main reason to keep an adze on one of your tools, at least in the early season. That also works great for frozen mud, which at least makes you think you have a solid placement.

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#41460 - 11/11/08 10:33 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: chip]
The Lisa Offline
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If climbing frozen turf is your thing then head to Scotland. There was a humorous account in Alpinist 24 or 25 on Scottish winter climbing.

Also found this gear description on a UK site -
"Mixed Climbing - ...Properly frozen turf is a revelation to climb on with placements as secure as ice and even at times offering protection for ice hooks or "warthogs" basically old style drive-in thin ice pegs."
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#41463 - 11/12/08 01:15 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Mike Rawdon]
Smike Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Rawdon


Just checked - I TR'ed East Crag on Nov 12 last year. Probably a pic of it somewhere here. Real ice, plus several inches of snow. The moss top moves were not frozen though.


Whats shaping up is not going to be that glaze of crud you posted a pic of last year \:\/

Get ready ... ... ...

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#41795 - 11/18/08 02:23 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
kevin boyle Offline
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Registered: 12/23/99
Posts: 276
Loc: NY, Westport
Well the cold air is in place up here in the daks now. It's supposed to drop down into the teens each night for the next week or so.

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#41810 - 11/18/08 07:04 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: kevin boyle]
pedestrian Offline
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Should be a good time for the NY/New England high peaks. I had a look at the GFS model yesterday - it is forecasting that the 850mb level (about a mile high in the atmosphere) will not be above freezing until after thanksgiving or early december. that's by a comfortable margin, since the 0C line dropped down to Georgia not so long ago...

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#41819 - 11/18/08 08:32 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: pedestrian]
chip Online   content
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Gotta love a low OC line.

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#41822 - 11/18/08 11:01 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: chip]
pedestrian Offline
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Registered: 08/05/02
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Loc: a heavily fortified bunker!
or a high hemline...

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#41918 - 11/24/08 02:26 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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Registered: 11/29/99
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Little Black Dike was climbed yesterday, according to NEice.com.

Game on!

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#41919 - 11/24/08 03:03 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Mike Rawdon]
pedestrian Offline
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Little Black Dike was climbed


Hmm, sounds kinda kinky.

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#41922 - 11/24/08 11:51 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: pedestrian]
Aya Offline
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We climbed Hanging Spoons yesterday.
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#41925 - 11/24/08 02:17 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Aya]
Smike Offline
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The seal has been broken as far south as PA


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#41938 - 11/24/08 04:22 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Smike]
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Geez, must have missed my phone call about going : )
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#41940 - 11/24/08 05:01 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: d-elvis]
Dillbag Offline
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Loc: "The Town"
You could've come with me to the Daks and climbed on ice which actually took 16cm screws!

But you didn't want to... ;\)
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#42015 - 11/26/08 11:17 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: Dillbag]
pitfall Offline
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Loc: Albany
I know it's probably a longshot since it's warmed up a bit and has rained but since I'll be in Palenville for a couple of days, would it be worth it for me to bring the ice toys? Anyone in the area on friday?
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#42016 - 11/27/08 12:05 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: pitfall]
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Harry, I think something like East Crag would still be good. I drove through there on Sunday and it looked like a respectable ice climb from the road.....

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#42020 - 11/27/08 03:29 AM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: strat]
RangerRob Offline
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Yo Dilly, you didn't have to drive to the Adirondacks to sink 16's. Stoney Clove took 16's all the way on at least two routes on Monday the 24th. Little Black Dike and Stagefright were both in fairly solid, minus the heinous topout for Stagefright. Both pitches of the curtain were in, as was Rons Gully and The Entertainer. It has not warmed up at all. In fact, this is perfect ice building weather! So the question is...who hasn;t started their ice season yet...and why haven't you????

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#42022 - 11/27/08 01:37 PM Re: Won't be long now... [Re: RangerRob]
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I haven't started yet and am chomping at the bit, but no ride. Looks like tomorrow will have to be a family day. Oh well, that's what the holidays are for. Happy turkey day, turkeys!
P.S.- Any offers received before 10AM today may force me to pack ice gear. ;\)
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