The Head Wall – King Ravine
It was a great weekend for ice climbing up on the “Rock Pile”. NEice team members found plenty of early season ice.
Team member Courtney Ley and partner Joel Dashnaw reported thick ice on Pinnacle Gully. Courtney said “it was taking 16cm screws” and the water flow was not bad at all. Look for her photos here.
Lori Crowningshield finds “FAT” ice in Damnation Gully
Team Member Emilie Drinkwater and partner Lori Crowningshield climbed “Damnation” and found good ice also. “It was a little scrappy at the top in the sun”, but very enjoyable and a beautiful day to be in the ravine. On Sunday, Emilie and Jesse did “Shoestring Gully” in Crawford Notch and found it thin but climbable and a little slushy at the top.
Ted Hammond nearing the top of the Mullet slab
Alfonzo and Ted Hammond climbed the Mullet slabs on Mt. Lincoln in Franconia Notch and had a great day out. Look for some of his photos in the photo post section soon.
Fred Bieber and I headed in to King Ravine to see what we could find. We found plenty of ice and set our eyes on ” P.F. Flyer”. I have always wanted to climb it but the conditions have never been right. Today they were. That side of the ravine never gets sun this time of year so conditions and timing were ripe. It was good to do it before the snow gets too deep. As it was, we were thigh deep in snow at times.
Let’s hope this warm up does not do much damage.
Below are some photos of the climb. Enjoy! (click to enlarge)
Fred coming up on the lower section
The crux of P.F. Flyer
Great ice higher up on the climb
Fred topping out on the last bit of ice climbing