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By Benjaminadk
From Lake George, NY
Mar 22, 2013
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check out rock and river's ice condition report. or maybe go to or call the Mountaineer and ask if anyone has been out there recently. get out there and check it out for yourself. if you don't like the conditions just go for a hike. rockandriver.com/guiding/ice-c...

i looked for you.

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By Benjaminadk
From Lake George, NY
Mar 22, 2013
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sounds about as safe a hip belay from a squirrel.

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By Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
Mar 22, 2013
There's always True North or the new Saddleback slide if the NF isn't in. Go for a hike already. :-)

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 23, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Declined to go for a hike, sort of. Did Cascade with perfect conditions on the ice (with a few holes to keep things interesting.) We then broke trail through deeep powder to the summit, swimming in the trees for longer than necessary but topping out directly from the trees. Windy!

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By Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Mar 24, 2013
Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenste...
Ben, did the snowfall we got Monday bury the climb? I would have thought anything moderate would have needed a plow. It is windy in the pass so maybe the wind blew the route clean for you guys?

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 24, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
The first ice step in the beginning had some deep snow in spots, but not avalanche risky I thought. Suuuper fluffy. Good ice the whole way with some long sections of breaking trail in knee deep powder.

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 24, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
some step along the way
some step along the way

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 25, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
fun ice along the way
fun ice along the way


fun ice along the way


Also some really deep snow at spots
Also some really deep snow at spots


also some really deep snow at spots

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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Mar 25, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3
someone should go tell huntington ravine that avalanches dont happen in NE so I can go climb pinnacle soemtime this season.

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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Mar 25, 2013
Stoked...
superkick wrote:
someone should go tell huntington ravine that avalanches dont happen in NE so I can go climb pinnacle soemtime this season.


I'm chompin' at the bit for the activity to settle to get up tux soon too!!! I was at Jay this past weekend and man o man... spring is a long ways away up there... about 7' of snow in the woods.

Nice photos Ben!

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 25, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Thanks!

I concur about the ravines in NH. Turned around twice in the past because of avalanche conditions being bad. CaptainMo: if you need a partner for Tux, lemme know...I have been wanting to ski that thing for years now!

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Mar 25, 2013
Rumney
Thanks for the photos Ben, been ithcing to do the technical route up Cascade since Irene flushed it clear of debris. Looks about as easy as I've seen it described.

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By Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
Mar 25, 2013
It's very easy, technically. The waterfall is still steep enough that most people will want a rope, but I've taken novices to the summit rope-less beyond that.

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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 25, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
We were going to simul-climb the waterfall section in the beginning, but I got cold and ended up climbing way before the rope was tight so we just ended up soloing it. The only sketchy part on the steep section right now is holes that peer right down into a running waterfall...some of them big enough to fall in. Just keep your wits about you with the holes and it's a real easy climb.

Then we put the rope away and scrambled up the remaining ice steps along the way up. If anyone following this thread was in either of the parties behind us, did you see our zig-zag trail we broke? he he

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