The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Archive for the month “March, 2014”

Just back from North Conway, NH

I made a quick trip up north, to my beloved White Mountains. It was gorgeous up there. A friend and I climbed a couple of classic ice climbs, Shoestring gully and Willie’s slide. Nothing major, but outstanding fun, and some good experience at multi-pitch climbing. Learned a bunch, had fun, and as a reward, when leaving the valley I got this fantastic view of the big daddy, Mt Washington. I dont think Ive ever seen it this clear.

mtwash.

Training for the new alpinism

Finally, my copy of Steve House and Scott Johnson’s Training for the New Alpinism. A Manual for the Climber as Athlete, Patagonia Books, 2014, has arrived. It treats the climber as an athlete, and differentiates types of climbing/specific training. I especially like the Alpine versus big mountain mountaineering distinctions in it. And fantastic photos throughout the book. More anon. But at first glance this looks like a book every climber will have, and continue to read.

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