|Tom Thomas engulfed in PA alpine sending this new line|
Tom Thomas, Andy Shriner and myself decided to go out climbing. As per my last post conditions looked fickle at most SWPA ice areas. I didn't check Sunday School figuring its usually one of the first to come in. Neither Tom nor Andy have been to Sunday School making it a good choice as a first stop towards getting some climbing done. We had a fourth lined up for the day, but he bailed at the last minute making us an uneven 3 man team... Not the best way to go out when conditions have been so limited and everyone wants to climb as much as possible. We made the adventurous hike into the ice. It's fairly steep going and... well to make this readable, I'll just call it "alpine" in style.
|Tom and Andy approaching our destination|
|From a distance, Andy is in blue at the base of the climb|
|Tom enjoying the opening moves|
|Snow covered choss|
|Then more ice...|
The ice ended at a steep rock cleft that offered up a piton placement before another snow ledge. Another section of ice was above, but extremely poorly bonded.
|The rock cleft finish|
Here's Andy in action seconding...
|Sunday School partial crag overview|
|Andy starting up the ice|
|Tom belaying below the delaminating upper section|
|Crazy Angle, could be rotated 90 right?|
|Andy Shriner enjoying a wonderful day in PA|
|My artistic attempt|