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Catskill Ice Climbing Stoney Clove

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Brendan Mealia on Ron's Bully 2+ with John Mackey on belay

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Brendan Mealia on Ron's Gully 2+

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The start of Climax 2+ and the first curtain of Ice Capades 2+

I finally got outside after spending the week with my parents who were visiting from Florida.  Gained some weight, got the flu, lost some weight, and climbed some pretty good ice.  That about says it all for the week.  Things are pretty dry and snow-less in the valley and lower elevations of the Catskills right now.  Once you get into the higher elevations of the cloves the snow is starting to build and the ice is coming along nicely for this time of the year.  Stoney Clove has some good ice right now.  We climbed Climax 2+, Ron’s Gully 2+, and The Chute 3+ on Saturday.  The top outs as you can expect are kind of sketchy which makes the ice climbing seem pretty safe.  Everything else in Stoney Clove looked pretty good.  We also drove back to the thruway on 23A to check out the Moores Bridge area.  The Ravines look like the tops are in but not to sure about the bottoms of the ravines.  Asbestos Wall area is non existent.  Moores Bridge and anything below it are in rough shape right now.  Have fun in the high country.

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