I (Adrian) have not had a lot of reports from BC in the last week. It is getting a touch warm.
In the meantime, I’ve been climbing in Vermont. Spent a day last weekend (Feb 5) at Lake Willoughby, climbing two East Coast classics, Last Gentleman (3p WI5) and The Promenade (3p WI5+). Harder than I normally lead, so engaged a very competent guide (Ryan Stefiuk) for a fantastic day on the best ice in the East US. The ice changed dramatically over the day. The morning on Promenade started with brittle ice and dinner plates, changing to dripping, wet (and steep!) chandeliers higher up. The afternoon on Last Gentleman was perfect, plastic “hero” ice, allowing us to blaze up it in less than half the time it took us to do The Promenade.
Thanks for a great day, Ryan!
Here are some pics – a mix of mine and pics from Ryan Stefiuk’s site Big Foot Mountain Guides.