Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Calabogie, not quite spring

Matt, Andrew and I headed out to Calabogie this past Sunday. The day started off cold. I believe it was below zero when I left for Andrew's house. It has been a slow start to the season around Ottawa with chilly temperatures and late season snow.

As we hiked in the lower trail it was clear that winter had not left Calabogie either. There is at least two feet of water and ice over portions of the usual approach trail. On approaching the cliff I put on my helmet; we listened to falling ice for the rest of the day.  

 Our first stop was Calabogie sunset and after freezing our fingers on ice cold rock we move back out to the sunbathed Flaky Flake. It was pleasure to climb, so warm. Last up for me, an unname sport route, 5.6 ish (although the roof move might feel harder) on well spaced bolts. So another slow climbing day on easy ground, waiting for warmer temperatures.      

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