Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cold Day in Vail

Charlotte Fox's avalanche dog, Max, chose a red down vest from The North Face to stay warm yesterday at the base of the Rigid Designator in Vail.

Leashless update: I climbed four pitches "sans dragonnes" in Vail. My hands stayed warm on a cold day (7°F at the car) because placing and removing gear was so quick and I could shake out anytime I wanted. But I got pumped silly on Vail's steep, sustained ice, and after two routes I was really wishing I had leashes. Methinks some specific training is called for!

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