|Destination:||Another classic trip with a new cast of characters.|
Another winter trip to only real alpine peak in New England
We wanted to come back in 79 but March was too warm that year so we spent a great week in the Gunks instead. Winter 80 found us back once again with a slightly different crew. Joining Dave and I this time was Mark Chauvin, Ollie Wallock, and Tim Gotwells & George from Plymouth. This time I was pretty focused on filling in some gaps on the main face. Dave and I quickly took a spin up Black Gully between the Armadillo and the Flat Iron. When the rain came again, we had enough black memories to be a wee bit pessimistic, but Katahdin threw us a curve. After one day of rain, cold clear temps arrived for breakfast and we raced out of the cabin to have at it. Mark and I ended up doing the obvious line direct to the cairn at the top of Baxter Peak. He did a great job on the thin ice of the crux. Not hard climbing, but hard to protect. Tim and George did a nice route over to the right that same day. Dave and I finished the trip off with a quick trip up Waterfall. Best to rap from the top of the ice ... its a long slog to the South Peak from there.
|Destination:||A different kind of winter trip to Katahdin|
|Description:||Avalanche hazard was too high for much of anything up high. Good weather and great crew so we had fun anyway.|
Return to Baxter State Park
After an 8 year hiatus, it was time to spend some more time in the Park. This years team: Dave Goodman, Gary Kuehn, Saran Taylor, Jeff Newsome and myself. The news we got upon arrival at Chimney Pond was that a couple of climbers had triggered an avalanche on the CIlley-Barber route. They were safe, but the Park authorities closed all the gullies to climbing. We were left we plenty to do as we still had access to the Pamola Ice Cliffs, skiing low down in the various bowls and of course a chance to do the classice ridge loop up the Cathedral Trail, over all the peaks in the South Basin, and down the Dudley Trail off of Pamola. In the end, that's exactly what we did. Most of it in really good weather.
|Destination:||A perfect trip to New Englands most dramatic mountain.|
|Description:||This the 6th trip to Katahdin in March 1996 was a bit different from the normal visits in the past. We spent 3 days skiing the length of the Park on our way to Chimney Pond. We then had two days to ski and climb. Most unusual was the fact that we had seven perfect days in a row.|
A perfect week in the park w/ Dave Goodman, Eric Scranton and Steve Amstudz
Skied the length of the park in 3 days with light packs. The rangers moved our climbing gear most of the way to Chimney Pond. We then got to stay in the better crew cabin. Then we climbed and skied for two more days before heading out.
|Name:||Quebec - 1999|
|Destination:||La Pomme D'or w/ Early Alderson|
A classic Quebec ice climb w/ Earl Alderson
Well worth the long drive to La Malbaie .... even if it rains all day on the way up