Conditions Report! October 12-14, 2014 Some years you find ice to climb in October, other years you are hiking in your underwear. The weather started out cold on our trip and we were hopeful, but this was not an ice climbing year. We...

It was an excellent day above tree line on Sunday.  Cool temps with a bluebird sky above and an undercast below.  Not to mention, evidence of the first overnight freeze of the season! There's nothing like a little rime ice...

By Courtney Ley I decided to head to the Adirondacks over the weekend to see how things were fairing after the recent thaw.  I wanted to do a lot of climbing, so it only made sense to hire Alex Wakeman...

(Featured image by rockytop) Climbers are getting out there and posting ice condition reports and photos.  Here's a quick recap of the latest from all over the Northeast.  Ice routes in the upper elevations are doing well and things down...

By Courtney Ley Did the recent warm up get you down? Did you think about rock climbing?  Did you... actually rock climb? Once I get in my first ice of the season, there's no turning back!  And no small rise...

by Doug Millen Ever since Irene,  Alfonzo and I have been wanting to catch this drainage, in that perfect moment. We've scrambled up Hillman's in the summer,using it to access the rock ridges of the Boott Spur.  The movement of...

THE GREAT GULF by Courtney Ley The Great Gulf.  There could be no other name for it.  When I look at it from the vantage point of Mt Clay, I imagine the walls of this giant cirque begin to expand suddenly,...

 October 26, 2013 All it took was a few days of cold weather to set the stage for the start of the ice climbing season. October ice is so sweet!   Alfonzo, Katie Ives and I  figured the best bet for ice...

 A Guide to Early Season Ice Every year it is a little different. When and where we will find the first Ice to Cimb? It is time to start looking.  Time  to start looking at the weather, to sharpen the...

        The calm before the storm and another beautiful day in the alpine zone. One week earlier Doug and I enjoyed the "calm" with entirely different conditions in Madison Gulf.  This time we experienced mid March weather on...