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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.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Build it and They Will Climb!

To some climbers the Midwest from KY's Red River Gorge to SD's Needles is a flat barren wasteland devoid of climbing. These poor climbers are gravely mistaken and overlook their brethren who are some of the most committed climbers out there. Not only do these climbers put in the effort to get out climbing the build their own climbing areas!

Matt of Michigan (see the last post) recently came out to Ouray, Colorado to dial his ice skills for a big trip on Liberty Ridge. Matt learned to ice climb with Michigan's Peabody Ice Climbing Club and he came to Ouray well prepared to take on some of Colorado's biggest ice routes.

All over the country people pour water down all manner of structures to manufacture ice climbing and build rock walls and bouldering walls. Despite a dearth of topography climbers in the flatlands of the US prove they are committed to the core.

Thanks to the Peabody Ice Climbing Club facebook page for the photos of the tower!

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