Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The weather is warming, finally

A short post ... last weekend we left Ottawa Saturday morning for Calabogie; it was raining. We killed some time by have breakfast at a pub in Kanata before getting back on the highway. It was still raining. Somewhere between the Neat Cafe and Calabogie the sky lightened and the road started to dryout. In the end it turn out to be a fantastic day.

 On Sunday we headed to the CWM for some easy routes on North Wall, Cave Wall and Baby Pneu.


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.      

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Adventure high on the Escarpment

A long (perhaps not the most direct) approach, some bushwhacking, sopping wet rock, snow, ice, breaking a hold, a wet run out slab to top it off and no bolts to be found all made for an interesting Sunday adventure.