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I grew up in the Boston area and lived there until my junior year in high school when I attended the Mountain School, a semester program run by Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. I then attended Colby College in Waterville, ME. During my time at Colby I studied anthropology, spent a semester in Northeast India, and became fluent in Nepali. Before I became a guide I earned my black belt in kenpo karate and taught karate for 6 years. I began guiding in college on the rocky coast of ME with Acadia Mountain Guides and on ice at the International Mountain Climbing School in NH. After graduating I took to the highway and drove from ME to WA for the big mountains and glaciers. I spend my winters in lovely Ouray, CO guiding in the famous ice park. I am currently working towards becoming a certified guide through the American Mountain Guides Association. I live, work and play in the hills and on the rocks. On the rocks both literally and, well, with ice.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bridalveil Falls: Ice Climbing 3D

Yesterday I finally had the chance to check out this classic steep ice test piece. The unique, steep, pumpy climbing of Bridalveil Falls was one of the best ice climbs I have done. As watersplashes down the steep rock it freezes into massive blobs, cauliflowers, and hanging icicles that make for truly three dimensional climbing experience.

It is easy to be intimidated by the largeice overhangs and hanging dagger icicles that make the climb. By thoughtfully working your way through the maze of vertical ice you can wind around the biggest overhangs. The route still goes through a number of really exciting overhangs that demand a cool head and powerful arms. It was a joy to get to climb this ultra classic route!

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