|The team assembles for rock school on a glacier-polished cliff |
15 minutes from our camp.
Snow school was informative. We got reminded of some basic knots some we know super well (like the Figure 8) and others we found the reminder useful because we haven't used them as much, like the Munter and Clove hitch.
|Inga and Jan quite intent on building a T-slot snow anchor|
well. Jeff's providing the oversight. (Photo by R. Shute.)
Snow school was also fun: we got to hurl ourselves down the snow slope with a running start for the self-arrest with mountaineering axe practice. We practiced sliding on the back, head first, butt first. And we got to see just how to arrest such an unintended slide.
The afternoon was spent climbing on rock. It had been a while and reminded us how much we love it. Our next Adironodacks trip will see us back at the Beer Walls near Chapel Pond or on the slabby pyramid on Notch mountain with views of Whiteface!
|A close up of the end of the Silver tip glacier. This huge |
ice fall is located just up from the climbing cliff.