Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

I’m still warming up from a month and a half spent in Canmore this winter.  With a work situation that was a bit flexible, I was there for some of January and most of February. The back to back climbing days really zapped some of my energy, but I think it was the cold at the end of the trip that really wore me down the most.  This blog post is about layering for very cold temperatures in Canmore, and some of my future rules of thumb for *cold* ice climbing days. Rule 1: Unless you have no other option,...
Christmas Exocet Attempt

Christmas Exocet Attempt

After a week and a half in Chalten, we finally got out for our first set of climbing days in Patagonia.  Somehow luck would have it that we found ourselves on one of the better known ice climbs in the world on Christmas.  It was our first real taste of Patagonia weather, and a really wild mountain experience with many highs and lows.  I’ll try to describe it here, with enough gory details for those who will relive it via this post, and enough beta for those who want a similar adventure.  For either type of reader, note that its hard to...