NH Ice Climbing Lessons and Instruction!!!
Its early October but believe me, the 2016/17 NH ice climbing season is approaching fast. Over the years by Halloween the Black Dike has been climbed and ice fanatics are getting after thin veins of ice in the Tuckerman and Huntington ravine areas.
While it may be early for some to think about ice, its certainly is time to start the process of planing and prepping your winter ice climbing season. A good start is to organize all your gear to be sure you are ready for the first sticks of the NH ice climbing season. Whether it be in October or January there is plenty of planning and preparation to be done.
How is your ice climbing kit? For the exterior clothing my essential items are as follows. A hooded soft shell jacket and soft shell pants are by far the best although some climber use the hard shell version of both of these. My hands do get cold so good gloves are a critical item. Bite the bullet and equip yourself with few pair of climbing gloves so you may enjoy your time on the ice. Even add a set of expedition mittens to the kit to ensure warm fingers at the belays. The puffy jacket (big down parka) is always in my pack for all the winter days. A wool hat with buff or balaclava finishes the clothing enclosure. All under layers should be synthetic or some type of wool blend.
Ice Boots come in many style these days – a good fit, comfort and lightweight is what you need. The Mammut Nordwand high performance boot comes in a 2 in 1 for added warmth with a great fit.
Now its time for the ice climbing gear. Petzl is my brand of choice – the Nomic tools and Dart crampons are fantastic!!! Lightweight and durable, with the highest degree of craftsmanship give s me the confidence and performance I need to sick to the steep ice. I do believe we will all climb with accuracy and fluidity with high end precision gear.
Its Time To Ice Climb!!!
Lets get in touch for a day or two of NH Ice Climbing. Lake Willoughby, Cannon Cliff, Frankenstein, Mt Washington NH and the Canadian Rockies are all on my hit list for this 2016/17 ice climbing season. Please get in touch with me for a spectacular day on the ice. Contact is through Art Mooney or Mooney Mountain Guides.