Training for Peru – Alpine and Ice climbing with Micah

January 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Micah arrived in New Hampshire from Washington DC this past Monday. His goals were to work on ice and alpine climbing movements, to practice rope work and develop and understanding of transitions, to familiarize himself with the different types of climbing equipment available and to have some fun. At Mooney Mountain Guides we use Petzl products for crampons and ice tools. Micah used the Petzl Vasak Mountaineering crampons on the snow and ice routes and Petzl M10 crampons on the steep waterfall ice routes. Micah also used a set of Petzl Axtarex alpine tools on the alpine climbs and a set of Petzl Quarks for the steeper ice routes. During the week we climbed a variety of routes in Crawford Notch, Rumney and Newfound Lake. We worked to develop a good working understanding of the ropes and how to efficiently transition in and out of belay stations. On our last day it was windless and the temperature rose into the 20’s, we climbed Willy’s a few times bringing all the learned skills together on a multi pitch route with many transitions.

Another cold day on Willard, here is Micah in the sheltered gully of upper Hitchcock.
Learning the ropes – starts with a good even coil.
Its time for the steep ice gear, Micah using Petzl Quarks and M10’s on Selson Blue.
A beautiful day in Crawford Notch, Micah high on Willey’s Slide with Mt Willard behind. Thanks Micah coming to ice climb in New Hampshire – see you in March.

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