I had busted my chops all year, training, climbing, dieting and strategizing, and I was running out of time to hit my goal of red-pointing 5.13a. The season started off strong with some 12+ sends including a 13a the year before, but I needed consistency.
The cold temps and shorter daylight hours signal the arrival of winter and the beginning of the ice and mixed climbing season. Rather than suffering through another pitch with those outdate tools and worn out shell, consider updating your winter climbing arsenal with season’s newest kit.
Staying psyched for rock climbing during the long Canadian winter can be difficult, but with a few strategic motivational purchases, climbers can keep their mind off the drifting snow and focus on training for the spring season. Yes, it’s not as inspiring as a trip to Spain, but it is an effective coping strategy while waiting for warm weather to arrive.
How does one decide on the top 10 fat ice moderates in the Rockies? For me, moderate is WI 4 + at the most. Next, I wanted to get some geographic representation from where I’ve climbed and lastly I wanted the climbs with the best stories. Here we go.
Canadian crack climbing ace Jean-Pierre Ouellet (AKA Pee Wee) wrapped up his US road trip with what is likely the third ascent of the difficult finger crack, No Way Jose 5.13+.