What A Difference A Week Makes

What A Difference A Week Makes

Two weekends ago I was out at Governor Dodge pulling down on sandstone boulder problems in a t-shirt.  Conditions really could not have been much better.  At the time, I knew that the bouldering season would probably be over soon, but I had hopes that winter would hold off a bit longer.  Unfortunately for me, winter held off for less than a day and with that the season for outdoor rock climbing was pretty much over.

However, cold weather happens to be good for another discipline of climbing and that is of course ice climbing.  I have virtually no experience with ice climbing, but a friend of mine offered to take me out this past weekend to a quarry in northeastern Wisconsin to give it a try.  I wish I could say that I cruised my way up each climb because I am such rad rock climber dude, but that would a lie.  Each climb was a battle against terrible footwork, cold hands and insane pump.  Despite my struggles, I had a great time.  Big thanks to The Professor for taking me out!

Here are a few pictures from the day:

100 ft. ice

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More ice

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Me trying stave off the screaming barfies mid-route

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The Professor showing us how it’s done

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10 Responses to What A Difference A Week Makes

  1. JE December 10, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Ah those clean lines and right angles look like Indian Creek! Nothing like a little midwest toprope in the old quarry action…

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  2. sock hands December 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    SLAB DYNO THAT SHIZ!

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  3. Narc December 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    You should have seen me all campusing that shit and whatnot….seriously. Turns out it is hard to drag your lower body around with all that gear on.

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  4. sock hands December 10, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    walk around in mrs. narc’s boot and maybe a ski boot on the other side. your knees will throb, but you will be able to lift some damn crampons, that’s for sure.

    boot core?

    doom core?

    whatever it’s called, it was the strongest i’ve ever been.

    word

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  5. nicros December 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    I am so…SO… disappointed to see this post.

    Ice? ice climbing? bullshiza

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  6. Narc December 10, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    if only we all could get paid to jet around the country climbing on the sickest boulders our country had to offer, then we wouldn’t have to lower ourselves to things like ice climbing

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  7. The Adventure Channel December 11, 2008 at 4:49 am #

    Wow, that really looks nice!

    http://theadventurechannel.blogspot.com/

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  8. choss master December 11, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    nice, that looks like good fun! were you climbing with leashes? that’ll give you nasty cold hands.

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  9. Narc December 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    Good point, we were climbing with leashes. The leashes also made it hard to relax my hands to rest.

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  10. choss master December 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    yeah, ditch those tools and get some petzl nomics if you are gonna get serious about it. leashes are so 1990’s…

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