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Nephew of Icicles · Fri. Dec. 26th - Sun. Jan. 4th
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Start: Friday, Dec. 26th
End: Sunday, Jan. 4th
Last year's peculiar winter triggered a severe outbreak of icestokinitis, the mad iceman disease, during which hordes of vocers wandered off to the wilderness to franticaly swing sharp metal bits into seemingly frozen parts of their environment (including but not limited to, refrigerators).
Unfortunately, this seasonal disorder is on the rise again, slowly but surely instillating temptation and desire in the mind of the vertically challenged to go freeze various parts of their body in the back of beyond.
Fortunately, as with any temptation, the quickest way to get rid of it is to yield to it, which brings us to the main point of this pseudo-medical report.
Some people have expressed interest in going ice climbing some time around Christmas. Dates have not yet been carved in ice and will depend on the availability of the majority (democracy is nice). However, going during the Christmas/ New year holidays would suit me best (dictatorship is better).
This trip is not instructional and depending on where we go, people should be comfortable camping for several days in the backcountry in fairly cold conditions (think -20 degrees).
People should also know how to put on a harnes and belay. However, it is not a problem if you have never ice-climbed before since ice climbing for beginners only involves top-roping.
This trip will likely be going to the Rockies and therefore requires cars suitable for that journey (snow tires are mandatory unless you have a dying wish). 4wd high-clearance would also allow us to go to more remote places like the Ghost valley which is an ice climbing paradise.
Depending on how many people sign-up, I may organize a pre-trip later on.