Well folks thats a wrap, and what a winter it was. I haven't been climbing for too long, and I've been skiing for even less, but man, I cannot remember a winter that even came close to this. Here on the East Coast NOAA is officially telling us that we have had the warmest winter in over 35 years. Average snow fall was way below normal and winter is 100% over at this point in time.
Here in Burlington we had it pretty rough. The snow never came to Vermont like we were all hoping. There was almost no backcountry skiing this year, as the woods never truly filled in the way it should have. When we did get some snow, it was quickly lost to warming temperatures and rain. In fact, we didn't have a single snow event in Vermont that didn't turn to rain at some point during its progression. The ice came in late this year and it left early. Most places saw significantly thinner than average conditions, and some locations hardly came in at all.
With all that in mind, I did manage to make the most of the conditions we had, and totaled over 30 days outside this year combining skiing and ice climbing. (Not bad for a full time student) Aside from my trip to Colorado early this year, I managed to have some great days out climbing across the state of Vermont and New Hampshire. I didn't get to nearly as much climbing as I was hoping to, but I must say I was truly able to make the most of every opportunity to go climbing that I had. At the end of the day, thats all that we can really control, and thats all that matters. Here are some photos from the rest of the season.
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Ready or not rock season is right around the conner! Looking forward to seeing what this summer has in store!