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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Can't Wait for More Colorado Ice Climbing

 I spent the last three days climbing early season ice with Stefan form New Brunswick Canada. Stefan, in town for a geology conference, gave me a new appreciation of the geology of the San Juans and its mining history. Together we explored the awesome back country ice climbs that grace the cliffs that once lured miners for silver and gold.
When it is frozen, water behaves like a mineral. With limited supply in the mountains and a significant demand building among ice climbers around Colorado, ice is the early season's valuable mineral commodity. With relatively little snow on the ground, the approaches to the ice climbs are as easy as you could ask for. It was a treat getting to sample the new season's icy treats especially knowing that a whole winter of skiing and ice climbing lies ahead! Thanks Stefan.

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