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Ice Climbing Photos Feb.'18
Ice Update 1/10/18
Alpine Endeavors Ice Report
The cold temperatures have been consistent and there is plenty of ice to climb, however the forecast for tomorrow through Saturday is not looking so promising. Some of the conditions are in better right now than I think they ever were last year. All of the ravines are in and so are some of the variations. Some conditions at other areas are good, but not as good as last year's prime - the Devil's Kitchen for example, there's a lot of ice, but it's dry and the top outs are thin (and narrow on the top of the corners). We made the best of the day yesterday and took a peek at Kaaterskill hoping it was in. While it was touching down (there was a nice 3" crack across the base of the main columns) , it still had some real thin spots with some open water. We didn't feel it was leadable by any reasonable standards so we did a few quick top belays to get on it before things change this weekend (pic above). See below for other area conditions, things have only been improving.
The temps are forecast to drop again Sunday so stay tuned and we'll post things after the weekend.
By Dustin Portzline
What a difference a few weeks makes! I have had many enjoyable days out on the ice over the past two weeks, thanks to mild temperatures during the day and new precipitation in the form of ... snow, finally. Read more
It's safe to say that the first month of 2017 has been a bit of a bummer for winter sport enthusiasts in the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. While ice climbers have been able to get out and experience enjoyable days, it has only been at. Read more
Late December Ice Climbing Report by Dustin Portzline
How do we make the most of the wintersports available to us locally? The answer is becoming an opportunist who lets conditions dictate the day’s activity. Bitter winds? Hide out at the bottom of Platte Clove and run laps on broad waterfalls. High pressure system bringing clear skies and brutal cold? Read more
In one of the warmer winters the Hudson Valley has in the past few years, the question of whether ice is climbable or not is a hot topic. There are many factors that go into the formation of the ice that climbers enjoy traveling over. Ice is a living medium. Read more
Six climbers from the Adaptive Climbing Group from NYC Adaptive came out to the Catskills for a day of ice climbing under the guidance of Mountain Skills Climbing Guides on Saturday.
The climbers, and the ten volunteers, tackled the Asbestos Wall near Palenville. Read more
1. 26-29Alpine Endeavors and Rock and Snow - Catskill Ice Fest
Adaptive Climbing Catskills
Alpine Endeavors, LLC
Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School
HighXposure Adventures, Inc
Mountain Skills Climbing Guides
Photo slide show of the Alpine Endeavors/Rock and Snow Ice Festival- Beginner's Clinic in the Catskills 2/8/14
“There are no holds,” Kat said as she tried for the first moves of Easy Keyhole, a 5.2 in the Gunks. Kat was part of the Adaptive Climbers Group event hosted by Mountain Skills Climbing Guides on Saturday. She and seven other adaptive climbers climbed such routes as Black Fly, Rhododendron, Horseman, No Picnic, Dirty Chimney, and Easy Keyhole with the help of 22 volunteers from NYC, CT, Philly, or NJ and the Gunks.
Members of the Wounded Warrior Project(WWP) and Adaptive Climbing came out to the Gunks for their first day of outdoor climbing on Saturday May 30. The seven WWP and their families took part in a twice a week, five week gym to crag program at Brooklyn Bolders in preparation for their outdoor climbing.