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njrox


Jan 11, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Dry Treated Climbing Rope $200
Crampons $200
Mountaineering Boots $350
Two Ice Axes $450
Several Ice Screws $200
Gaiters $50

50 degree weather in January, and virtually no winter…

= Nearly $1,500 of new Ice Climbing gear sitting in the garage, collecting dust.


Idako


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While I haven't shelled out anything yet a few friends and I were gonna give ice climbing a try this season (with a guide). Sadly that's looking less and less likely.

On a positive note we got out to the gunks last weekend and it was pretty empty :)


njrox


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yeah, I was outside over the weekend too. jacket off, sleeves rolled up. crazy. it's frickin' january!


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Three year old dry treated rops (re-treated twice)
Crampons with new front points
ice tools with need to be replaced picks and a broken finger rest
ice screws re-sharpend several times.
gaiters duct taped back together.
Boots with tech cord for laces

$1,500 of old beat to hell gear sitting in my bath tub drying out from yesterday. I have been out at least twice a week since late october ice climbing.

location location location


petsfed


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Pretty good season out west...


divnamite


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njrox wrote:
Unsure

Dry Treated Climbing Rope $200
Crampons $200
Mountaineering Boots $350
Two Ice Axes $450
Several Ice Screws $200
Gaiters $50

50 degree weather in January, and virtually no winter…

= Nearly $1,500 of new Ice Climbing gear sitting in the garage, collecting dust.
$150 in gas money gets you to ADK, Smugg and New Hampshire and back. Smugg is in, ADK is in, and NH is in, not sure what people are complaining about.


njrox


Jan 18, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Ah, finally. Got some cold weather and a report of several Catskill routes being in. FINALLY! Going this week.

WHOO-HOO!!!! Smile


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rock_fencer


Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM
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there is always drytooling at rumney Tongue


njrox


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Dry Tooling. Hmm. I don’t know about that one. Pure Dry Tooling up a rock route seems kind of strange to me. Why not climb with it my hands and feet? On a “mixed” route, or an ice route that isn’t quite in, then I guess it’s sort of a necessary evil to put metal to rock. But straight up dry tooling? Well, I guess I’ll see if I can throw some of that in. I started Ice Climbing last winter and was spoiled with walls of thick pure ice. This year it might be about doing mixed routes.


Durin


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To me it depends on what your goals are.

If you only want to ice climb, there's no point in drytooling.

If you want to do long alpine routes, you're going to need to know how to drytool. So it's basically practice for me.


njrox


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So I did a little bit of dry-tooling. Putting crampons to rock is just awful. But it was really cool to do with the axes. The routes I did were almost entirely ice with just a few patches of rock. But doing mixed climbs definitely seems appealing. But I'd rather have more ice than rock for sure.


rangerrob


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C'mon Rox, you can't tell me you didn't feel like a little bit of a badass when you stuck your first edge with frontpoints and stood up on them!


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