Ginny and Ryan took a weekend break and traveled to NH for a mountaineering and ice climbing clinic. Our first day out started with a cold rain on top of 6 inches of heavy slush. I gave Ginny a morning call and update but she and Ryan had two days to climb and wanted to give it a go.

Roads were rough so we made the short drive to Welsh and Dickey to climb and clinic on mountain travel skills. We dressed for the worst and surprisingly kept mostly dry. By 11 the rain stopped and our moods picked up.  Mt Dickey and Mt Welsh were climbed. It was quite a sight seeing the upper mountain all encased in ice above the treeline.  Just after our summit we stopped for a crampon and ice ax clinic to prepare us for the descent on the steeper slopes of Mt Welsh.

Thanks to Ginny for never wavering due to the rain. We all learned new techniques and enjoyed a great day on the ice covered slabs.

A happy looking Ginny during a wet NH climb.

Beauty in the mountains.

 Ryan with his head down making steady progress up the mountain.

Our afternoon clinic on crampon and ice axe movements.

The weather was much nicer on our second day. We went to Kinsman and enjoyed a variety of climbs having the place mostly to ourselves.

The ramp was great for Ginny to practice her newly learned skills.

Ryan enjoyed this longer route with we sticky ice.

Mid day this guy brightened up the scene.

Thanks to Ryan and Ginny for coming to NH and climbing with Mooney Mountain Guides.

Art Mooney