On Sunday, I reconnected with my friend Emilie Drinkwater, a guide from upstate New York with whom I took the AMGA Rock Instructor Course. She was down in North Conway for the the annual Ice Fest, a four day event that includes multiple nights of entertainment, and she had Sunday open.
The 45 degree temperatures kept most people away…and it turned our chosen route, Repentance, into a drippy, but plastic wonderland. Easy climbing and crowd free–does it get any better?
Repentance was first climbed as a wet rock climb in 1959, but found its classic status as a winter route, in 1973, when the 500′ of steep offwidths and chimneys fill with ice. See the pics below…
There’s not much better than having coffee at 7am, driving 3 miles, walking 5 minutes, climbing a three pitch ultra-classic, and being back at the coffee shop well before noon! So the question is “what do I have to repent for?” Who knows, but it’s a great route!
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