Monday, January 27, 2014


Although this latest arctic blast has my boat securely frozen in her slip...

Virginia takes on a different aspect, mid-winter.

(50 yards north of the Microdome, Great Falls, Virginia)

Drippy places, unappealing to summer rock climbers, become a playground...

... and thin ice holds a special challenge. (Left of Gorky Park, Great Falls, Virgina)


Classic 60s crampons, making the grade; My fancy high tech boots exploded the week before, but old school hangs in there.


  1. Are theses not Chouinard ridgids? That would make them mid seventies earliest; and your heels are a bit low!!

  2. SMCs,actually. Honestly, I'm not at all sure of the date, but you are probably correct. Except for the lacing, they really are quite nice, even after 40 years. Just as good as the modern crop of horizontal point crampons. The boots are Sportiva Baltoros, nice light alpine boots, suitable for rock as well.

    I've got a pair of Petzl Lynx crampons that I really like for vertical ice and general mountaineering.