|My very first ice lead, circa. 2007|
|Thunder Bay ice climbing, circa 2007|
|Kyle battling White Lightning (WI3+) circa 2007|
I decided to try out the whole club/guide scene in order to re-explore ice climbing. I joined the Sierra Mountaineering Club, a non-profit alpine club that offers many training courses. I signed up for a 2 day ice climbing course at Lee Vining.
I drove up to Lee Vining Friday night (6 hours!) and joined the group at 7am on Saturday. There were 9 climbers on day 1, and only 5 on day 2. The guides through up a couple of top ropes, and we basically played around on the ice. We were given some instruction on motion, crampon use, and how to swing tools properly.
|Our group top roping at Lee Vining|
|One of our group members getting instruction from an SMC guide|
|A climber leading a WI 4 section on the main falls|
What I really got out of this course was confidence. If I can find willing partners, I am ready to go back to Lee Vining on my own, and lead some ice pitches. I also feel very ready for my week of ice climbing in Thunder Bay coming up in March, and I am excited to climb with Kyle again, and lead some ice pitches.
|Drone view of Lee Vining|