Temperatures have plummeted to as low as -52C in the East, freezing parts of Niagara Falls solid. Apparently, the last time it got cold enough for the millions of tons of water flowing over Niagara Falls to freeze was one day in 1848—166 years ago.
"Should be a block-buster. Tuition is $385 and includes a 3 year American Mountain Guides Association membership. This will surely fill fast so book as soon as you can! Email [email protected] or call (203) 228-2311. Thanks to Central Rock Glastonbury for hosting this course! Nate McKenzie of Ascent Climbing is co-instructing this course with me. It's going to be AWESOME!" - Matt Shove
Drytooling is suddenly hot again. New crags, new tools, new attitudes, it’s definitely going off in a way I haven’t seen in a decade. I’m getting a lot of email from people asking questions. The following are distilled replies, and principles I teach when coaching:
We climbed three pitches out and left from the top of the Snotcicle with some of the most wildly positioned mixed climbing I've done. Matt McCormick & Peter Doucette
THE ICE SEASON IS HERE! ARE YOU READY? The Boston Rock Gym (BRG) is now offering a 24 session, 8-week training program to build your general fitness and train you to maximize technical performance outside on the ice. Sessions will be scaled to individual fitness levels so beginners as well as advanced climbers are welcome. All equipment is provided. Sessions start December 2 at 7 PM. All training will take place at the BRG. Cost is $125 for members and $175 for non-members (which includes a day pass for each session). Training will be taught by Josh Murphey, a professional mountain guide for Alaska Mountaineering School since 2010. We're very excited to be able to offer this training program and hope that you will join us. Call the BRG at 781.935.7325 to reserve your spot NOW!
Join the AAC and International Mountain Equipment for a showing of the REEL ROCK 8 film tour on Saturday evening, December 7 at 7:00 PM at IME in downtown North Conway, NH. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Ok, it's been longer than expected but I am now holding a hard copy proof of the third edition to An Ice Climbers Guide to the Catskill Mountains in my hand! If everything goes as planned, it will be on shelves before the holidays. It's 248 pages now includes 8 new areas, color aerial photos, topo maps, and an additional 200+ routes. ~ Marty
I blame Hermann Buhl. That rat bastard. For those of you who don't know (a lot of hands are still up), Hermann Buhl was the Austrian nut who soloed his ass off in the 1950's. He rode a bike, hitchhiked, slept in hayfields, and did all sorts of stupid stuff to go climbing.