It has not been all bad though, a few trips to Wyalusing State Park have yielded the discovery (or at least rediscovery) of a few minor routes and the ensuing potential first ascents.
|Tim (L) and Drake (R) following the Relien Ravin (WI2)|
|Tim belaying me on the possible FA of the first pitch of Le Petit Ravin (WI3-) - Erol and I would return a few weeks later to link the remaining pitches.|
|Me, on the possible FA of Le Petit Chemin de Fer Pilier (WI3)|
|Erol leading the possible FA of Sand Castle (WI4-)|
Other than hanging out at Wyalusing, I have done a bit of ice climbing at Governor Dodge State Park, I shot some videos and placed them in an earlier post.
|Matthew, night-soloing at Cox Hollow|
|Me, solo at Cox Hollow|
I love ice climbing down at the Dodge, because it is close to home, and short enough that I feel comfortable ropeless in most conditions. It makes a great place for me to efficiently log some mileage, even if I cannot find a partner.
Speaking of close to home, I went out last Monday with Tim to explore my neighborhood. We found a short falls hidden deep in the Baraboo Hills. It is not really anything to get too excited about, but it was fun to find something so close to home. It is my guess that we did the first ascent of this thing, but it would be difficult at best to verify that. We called it Redacted (WI2-), because of its secretive nature. If you are really interested in learning more about this short slab of ice, let me know and I will get you back there. The falls is on publicly accessible land, but the most of the access routes to it cross private land. Tim and I were lucky enough to get a pickup truck ride to within a few minutes' walk of the falls - much better than another approach involving a multi-hour slog and still crossing private land.
|Matthew seconding Peter's Project (5.7)|