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Ice Climbing Deep Notch 02-08-09

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Ice climbing Deep Notch 02-08-09

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Down climbing back to the car at the end of the day.

With a good night’s rest from working in the city all day on Saturday Brendan, Ralph, John, and I took a group up to Deep Notch to swing the tools and climb some good ice.  John was guiding in this area the day before and had a good line up on which routes were the best for the day.  Despite the warm temps on Saturday and it not going below freezing Saturday night the ice was still FAT.  The snow is sticky right now so without anti-balling plates you have to clean your crampons out a lot during the day.  We had a ton of fun with the soft conditions making every tool placement count on the first swing.  Everyone climbed well and safely got back to the car for some pizza slices in Shokan later in the afternoon.  Days are getting longer.  Now is a good time to start thinking about Presidential Traverses or Great Range Traverses.  Get out now while you still can.

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