Jackson and I have climbed together since the summer of 2010.  It all started on the warm sunny rocks of Rumney, then led to bigger routes at Whitehorse.  As the years went by Jackson decided he could not wait until the summer anymore.  He was determined to get out in winter which meant he was in for a try on a mountain/ice climb in NH.

The NH mountains and ice climbs are no easy task.  The winter environment is harsh and the terrain is usually very rough, this all adds up to pretty tough conditions for anyone.  Jackson is 10 years of age and for most kids this would not be a fun time.  Jackson keeps focused as he climbs up the mountain while maintaining a steady pace.  On the ice he climbs like a champ, he overcomes each difficult section one at a time and always going for the top.

Yesterday was a huge achievement for Jackson, Mike and I as we ascended the Cleft on a very cold winter day.  Jackson never voiced one complaint, he just kept moving up the mountain one kick, one stick at a time.

For me it is totally awesome to have this opportunity to work with Jackson – a young climber/skier with a huge Quest for Adventure!!!

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Three is good company – a fine day in the mountains.

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On approach to the Cleft on Mt Willard.

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Jackson equipped and ready for ice climbing in the mountains

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The Cleft – a deep chasm choked with ice – amazing!!!

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Jackson and Mike climbing together up the narrow Cleft.

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The Final top out onto level ground – time for a recharge with hot drinks and food.

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On our way in to the Cleft we passed a beautiful climb – the Rocket in Crawford Notch.

Thanks to Jackson and Mike for closing out 2014 with this exciting day in the mountains.

Art Mooney