Mike and Jackson were both psyched for a NH ice climbing trip. We had planned the date over a month ago, our schedule was set. With the current arctic air mass locked into place I knew the day would be extreme, we were in for a very cold and windy day. Staying warm would be the key for a fun event, outside for the day!!!
A ski tour in the morning followed by ice climbs in the afternoon would keep us on the go. Movement would help us overcome the frigid temperatures along with layers upon layers, buffs, goggles, mercury mittens, hand and toe warmers, what else could we add to our kit?
Mike and I met up a decade ago with ski touring being our main event. Since that time Mike took on the steeps and now he is hooked on the vertical world. Jackson joined in for the climbs too, ice or rock its all good, these two are always game for a full day in the mountains.
Today we started our combo ski tour and ice climb event at Tenney Mountain. Close to Rumney, Tenney would be good for a quick 1500 foot ski workout. It was -6 when we arrive in the parking lot, the ski area is closed but trails were packed out by the groomers last week. This was the place for us to ski, avoiding the breakable ice crust through out the backcountry in central NH right now.
We topped out on Tenney, then after a warm up at the coffee shop we geared up for the Rumney Ice Climbs. Rumney is south facing and finding a sunny corner would keep us comfortable and might even soften the ice a bit. Cave route was the climb.
Jackson upgraded his boots and crampons today. With this solid boot set up with a mono point crampon he flew up the climb. A steep start lead to a really cool cave area with ice continuing in a thin vein to the top.
Mike grabbing a lap on the Cave Route. Equipped with the finest Nomics, Darts, and Sportiva Batura Boots, Mike is a gear junkie for sure.
Jackson enjoying the afternoon on steep ice. This is what its all about, swinging tools into the ice, placing feet onto the ice ledges, unlocking the sequence ahead and taking time to looking around at the magical ice formations that surround you.
Keeping the psyche high was key to enjoying this frigid time. We did just that, kept it going with the internal fire burning all day long.
Thanks to Mike and Jackson for a great day.