Laurie had her first taste of the ice today and she was full of smiles. We went to Willey’s and had the place to ourselves for most of the day. Conditions were excellent, mostly soft ice with some areas plastered with a few inches from last nights squall. We spent a few hours at the base area getting comfortable on knots, belays techniques, and anchoring systems. Then it was time to climb and climb we did. Our first route went upper the plum center line for four pitches. We topped out at 1 pm.  Plenty of time for a second route up the felt side. It was a great day on the ice with Laurie, we had fun and she was challenged.

Laurie with Willeys Slide behind.

Laurie learning the systems, here she is placing an ice screw for our first anchor.

Laurie belaying me on our first pitch.

Getting into the swing using a very lightweight Petzl Quark Ice Tool.

Smiles as we topped out high on Mt Willey.


Red cheeks – a sign of a good winter day.

Thanks to Laurie for today, let’s get out and climb again soon.

Art Mooney