Monday, March 06, 2006

V a l d e z A l a s k a

I spent the past week climbing ice in Valdez, Alaska. We had clear skies, but windy bitter cold. I wore everything I brought. I switched back to my double plastic boots. I used jedi mind tricks to stay warm while sitting through belays.

The Valdez Ice scene is gone. We only saw two other groups of climbers, both on the easy access classic Bridalveil. Finding the Keystone canyon (the popular canyon with the highway going through it) to be windy and dark, we explored the outlying areas and came away with a couple good success stories.

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