Monday, February 15, 2010

The Black Dike, New Hampshire


The Black Dike, The North East's classic alpine ice route. A great day out with Jerry Gale















The route was a little bony as NH had 3" of
rain last month that affected allot of the
ice routes



















Jerry on pitch 2, the crux.















Pitch 3 actually had ice to climb, nice....

















Jerry Gale and I at the top of the route, it was truly an alpine day with
poor visibility, strong winds and spindrift.
Couldn't be a better alpine day !

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Hampshire Ice test pieces, Repentence & Remission, Feb 2010


The NE classic hard ice routes, Repentence
and Remission at Cathedral, North Conway,
New Hampshire. The Mountain Guide



















The 1st pitch of Repentence
in very good conditions. Doug Nidever
and Art Mooney & Dale Remsberg and
Marc Chauvin paired up to climb
this classic Feb. 9



















Eric on pitch 1 of Remission
in thin conditions. As we climbed this
route we stood in awe of Steve House
having just soloed it.















Eric, pitch 2, Remission.





















The 3rd pitch climb a very cool chimney
with a squeezy finish.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lake Willoughby Ice Climbing, Feb. 2010


instructors gather at Lake Willoughby to
develop an ice climbing component to the
Alpine Guides Courses. The Mountain Guide.















Dale Remsberg, Marc Chauvin, and Art Mooney
prepping to climb 20 Below Gully















Allot of ropes, but Dale keeps it clean and organized.



















Art and Marc follow the WI 4 crux




















Art at belay stance, Crazy Diamond




















Marc on the final steep pitch of
Crazy Diamond


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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Best of Lee Vining Canyon Ice Climbing

Lee Vining Canyon at it's best. A day with Mark Stepovich
on Heel Toe (left hand finish) The Mountain Guide

















Mark Stepovich on the pillar of pitch 2



















Doug Nidever leading the pillar on pitch 2















Mark on Pitch 3 (left hand finish)















Mark on cool off balance runnel on pitch 1















Doug leading pitch 2 on Spiral Staircase

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ouray Ice Climbing, Jan. 2010

The annual trip to Ouray is always: good friends, good ice
and a great time. The Mountain Guide



















The Boys, Chris, Marty, Mark at
Horsetail Falls, Ouray, CO
















Mark and Chris, end of pitch 1















Mark on the Ames Ice Hose, pitch 3

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mammoth to June Ski Tour, Feb 1, 2010

Mony, Jeff, and Pete (big hair band) Keane with
Mt. Ritter and Banner Pk in the background as
we ski from Mammoth Mt. Ski Area to June Lake.
We had usually good snow conditions, yippee.
My out of the area friends found out what a day















Taking a break near Two Teats, as Ken joins
up with the group.















Mony near Two Teats.















Mony, Jeff, and Ken throw skins on as we ascend toward
our high point, San Joaquin (11,600) and a 4300 ft descent
down the Fern Lake drainage to the Four Seasons.