|You can almost see me at the top.|
For our last climb, we wanted to try the completely vertical face. The instructor explained that even though it looked harder than the others, it really wasn't because of the way the ice formed with plenty of places for footholds and ice axe holds. Sure enough, that held true. Brennan and I both thought the climb was pretty easy until we got about 2/3 of the way up. At that point, there were plenty of footholds, but they were really more like holes in the ice wall. We put the ice axes in the holes, and they did okay, but were not as secure as creating your own hold. At one point, one of my axes came loose, and the other started to slip. Using my crampons and digging the one axe in, I was able to prevent a fall, secure myself again, and finish the ascent.
|You can see the holes in the ice in this picture.|
If you ever have the opportunity to try ice climbing, I highly recommend it. There are some absolutely beautiful places in this country to do it. But do it on a warmer day!