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North Face of Gothics 03-24-11

John Mackey and I headed up to the Dacks to extend our ice climbing season a touch longer.  Just can’t seem to keep away I guess.  We drove up from New Paltz around 5:00am and started hiking in to Gothics around 9:00am.  The trail going in is fast and fun right now.  The snow is pretty firm and it doesn’t seem like spring is coming anytime soon in the high country.

The approach trail from the Orebed Trail is packed and easy to negotiate right now.  Once in the bowl we decided to take a line way to the left, since the ice up the middle seemed to be verglas.  Couple more days and that line will be in better shape.  The snow is super firm making the climbing very enjoyable and fun.

We connected with the normal line after passing the thin ice to our right.  The snow on the bushes and trees is amazing.  Climbing in the alpine zone close to the top of Gothics is really a sight to see.

The True North Slide is just as easy to get down right now.  Just a little dust over a nice crust.  Get it while the gettin’s good.

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