|Annina enjoying hot coco on the sea|
Finally some cold weather in the form of -20'C (-5'F) has come! A lot of people don't like it so much but the more time you spend outside in it the more you get used to it. I remember a few winters ago on my ski trip brushing my teeth in the morning in just a sweater, no hat, and no gloves in -35'C (-31'F). I guess if a person stays inside all the time you will get used to the +20'C and it will feel crazy cold outside. Amazing that the human body can adapt so well.
|Me Skiing on the Sea|
Two days ago in the evening Jody and I went to this farmed ice wall near my house. We were surprised that despite the temperature it didn't feel that cold. The Ice wall is about 15m (50ft) high but pretty vertical right next to the river. The ice conditions were okay but the ice was mostly pretty chopped up. Jody led the first two lines which were very good leads. I then seconded them and felt pretty okay but it felt weird on the manufactured knobbly ice.
I then led two lines and felt pretty good although the ice on the second line was a bit airy on this pillar. It was a little nerving but otherwise I felt surprisingly comfortable on the nearly vertical ice. Jody then seconded the lines. We then set up a top rope on the steepest line and we did some laps of the wall until we got tired. We climbed very efficiently and pretty fast considering everything. It was a very good session as we each led and seconded a total of 60m of climbing and trained each ~40m of top roping for a total of 100m (328ft) of vertical climbing each. Pretty good for a few hours. Really great fun to climb with Jody and am looking forward to the next climb with him.
Today I will venture out again on the vertical ice and then tomorrow we (Annina and I) will head to the summer cottage. The forecast is for -25'C(-13'C) in the days and then -30to-35'C (-22to-31'F) in the nights this weekend. Should be interesting also since the road is snowed in and we have to ski the last kilometers and haul our stuff in. Should be fun! Thanks for reading and stay tuned! =)