Checking the SoNH Ice

I’m getting antsy about doing some local ice climbing, the past 2 seasons have been too warm to make any good ice close to home. So, I hiked into Pulpit Rock on Wednesday afternoon to see if the arctic air had made any ice yet.  The water fall looked like this:

Thursday I spent the day at my grandmothers funeral arangements, but was able to walk back out on friday morning to check Pulpit again.  The ice was almost climbable, a little more thickness and I’ll be able to swing away with out getting wet from the water running through the inside of the column.

The column has about 15 feet of vertical ice and about another 10 feet of ice before you top out.  When I was less safety conscience I actually free climbed it to the top once.  But nowadays I just like to stay low when I’m alone and just practice going up and down for a couple of moves.  Some of the other spots I practice on at Pulpit were starting to come in as well

Later Friday I met up with Tim and we took a walk out on Stonehouse Pond to check the ice out there.
The big Cliff was almost in:


We took a walk up to the top and then down the back side of the cliff where we found an ice wall that looked really fun.  And it was obvious that somebody had already been climbing on it.


It was nice to be able to walk across the frozen pond to get to the crag instead of taking the trail around the perimeter.
Tim and I are hoping to go back to Stonehouse and swing some axes on Tuesday afternoon.

Ragged 1/16/13

Matt picked up some tickets for us for pretty cheap money on Liftopia. We scored a powder day for $30 with a $10 lunch voucher included.  We had lunch upstairs in the pub and the food was suprisingly good.  I went with Matt, Jarrod and Casey. Conditions were really good.  There was about 4 inches of fresh when we got there and it snowed all day long. I ran my GPS tracker and logged 16,200 feet of vert today. We took quite a few Bomber Runs where we just pretty much raced down.  My GPS showed a few runs in the 40MPH range.  A Point of View video top to bottom on The Flying Yankee Trail But most of the day we were playing a lot of follow the leader off jumps and through the trees.  One scary part of the day was when I followed Matt off a jump on the side of the trail.

In mid air I realized that the angle was all wrong, and looked down to see matt about 50 feet below me ping ponging off the ice balls into the woods.  I had a little more speed than Matt and landed a little further down the death cookie mine field, and found myself ping ponging off the ice chunks on the same path. I took one to the back pretty hard.  We came to a rest in the same place after a slight collision and I had the wind totally knocked out of me for about a minute. Feeling pretty lucky to not be hurt I shot a little video after the crash.

First Descent- My New Trail “Headwall” 1/5/13

It was a beautiful and sunny day on the local hill today. My favorite day I have ever had here was actually on the same date 1/5/08 I actually had this new line already to ski last December, but then we never had enough snow last year to take a run down it.  I was pretty happy to see today that nobody had found it yet, so I was able to make the first descent.  In all I hiked the mountain twice today and took two runs. One on the north side and one on the south side.
My new trail has southern exposure so the snow was starting to turn to mashed potatoes when I hit it, but I was really happy with how it road:


Looking Down

Christened!

For my second run I went off the North Side and the snow was still powdery over there.  Most of the well known stuff was pretty tracked out, but I was able to find a recently added variation of the CN trail that was still untracked and scored about 200 feet of freshies.  Ive been keeping track of how much vert I get on my skis and board this winter with my GPS.  I’ve got out on the snow 4 times so far but have only logged 9491′ so far.

Ahhhhh. Real Snow.

I flew in last night to the happy site of snow on the ground.  It had been a while since I made some turns on snow that actually fell from the sky.  The snow was still dry and powdery when I got up there today.  I talked to a few guys in the lot who had just came down.  They told me it was all skiied off. I climbed the mountain anyways and found the report to be groosly exagerated.  There was actually only a few tracks.  After a few turns I was quickly reminded of how much more I like riding fresh real snow in the trees, on a mountain I hiked up than I like riding packed snow that was sprayed out of guns at resorts that I sat on my butt to get to the top of.  Welcome back real snow!