Over the years I have learned that mid week climbing partners are far and few. This past summer and now winter my good friend Todd has be coming up on Thursdays. Todd is on a sabbatical from his work at Milton academy. I must say all of the climbs and the past two days on the ice were awesome. Thanks to Todd for all of his mid week journeys up to NH!!!
Yesterday was an action packed for us with ascents of the steep ice climbs at Rumney Rocks. Rumney can be a sunny warm location and that’s what gave us extra comfort and a needed edge to push it on a variety of routes.
Today Todd and I kept the ball rolling and approached into the Drool of the Beast. The Drool is a remote ice runnel/vein that trickles down a gash in the south face of East Oseola. NEICE had one photo from an ascent a few days ago and that sparked my interest.
The Drool of the Beast starts off with a steep ice section a few inches thick. The protection is sparse and the climbing movements are very engaging.
Its time to climb!!! I am armed with Nomics, Darts, stubby screws and small rack of cams.
Todd got this photo of me stuffed into a little crevasse as I wind in two ice screws behind the curtain of ice. This climb is very confined and its hard to move around. I would compare it to a chimney type rock climb.
Todd topping out.
Thanks to Todd for all these great days together.
Drool of the Beast a classic NH ice climb.