It certainly didn't get any warmer over the week since Chad and I were last in Canmore... in fact it got a little colder. At times it was a little too cold. Consider our first day where we figured the high to be around -25C. I'm still feeling some lingering frost-nip from leading that day. Despite a somewhat favorable avalanche forecast the recent fatalities and natural releases coupled with the phrase "unsurvivable avalanches" kept us playing it pretty close to the vest. Dodging avalanches is becoming a theme in my trips to the Canadian Rockies this year. Despite, Donn, Chad, Rob and myself rallied for some good climbing. Though I felt the low-hanging fruit was all taken, I managed to climb new routes on three of our five climbing days.
It's already late February and because of a busy March I won't be getting in the traditional early Spring ice climbing trip. Though I'm sure I'll still get another 5-10 days of ice this season I can already feel the motivations subtly shifting from ice to alpine and even rock. I can't say I finished any of the projects I started the season with. However, I feel like I made some progress and given an opportunity am much closer to realizing those dream routes.
Who knows maybe my the Spring will shape up favorably and I can still make a couple forays on the big rigs?
|Chad climbing "Moonlight"|
|Donn leading up "Snowline"|
|Donn on the first pitch of "Weeping Wall Right"|
|Rob following second pitch of "Weeping Wall Center"|
|Chad enjoying a perfect day on the second pitch of "WWR"|
|Chad cruising "Shagadellic"|
|Just trying not to lose my "Mojo" on this pumpfest|