It hasn't been all work for Nick Bullock who is on a short tour of ice-festivals in the north-east USA for DMM. On his second day out climbing he picked his way up Ice Storm (NEI 5+ M6 90’, Backes-Lowe, 1998), at Chapel Pond in the Adirondack Park.
Take a look at Nick's 'Back in the East' blog post for some photos of this spicy route. Nick was one of the guest speakers at the Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival in the Keene Valley.
Following on from the festival but still in the Adirondacks, Kevin Mahoney upped the ante with an onsight and first winter ascent of Flight into Emerald City, a 'summer' 5.11a route at the Upper Washbowl. Nick then led it on Kev's gear [photo]. It was close to success all round with Matt McCormick going for the third ascent, but it all started falling down around him.
Nick commented: "After a pretty steep and technical start the climbing followed an iced crack so the sheet of ice was hardly used for picks and when it was... it was used with care! The thickest stuff higher-up was climbed like normal ice with stubby pro. We thought M7+ for the winter grade."
It's the Smugg's Ice Bash this weekend for Nick and he'll be finishing up with the Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival on Feb 5-7th. Thanks to Matt McCormick for the photo.