Thin Ice On Tahawus

DP Tahawus

Dan Plumley contemplating thin ice on the headwall of Tahawus

THURSDAY, February 27, 2014 – Last Saturday was a delightfully warm winter day.  We decided it was time to photograph Tahawus, one of the alternative routes in Classic Adirondack ClimbsDan Plumley, a long-time local, agreed to join us.  After post-holing up Chapel Pond Gully through deep snow to reach the base of the climb, we found ice conditions to be thinner than expected. In typical conditions, the steep headwall at the base of the route can be climbed on its right side, via a short pillar. In leaner conditions one is forced to tiptoe up and left across a ramp to reach thicker ice above. Once over the headwall the climb is a casual romp with great views of Chapel Pass.

Despite conditions, Dan wanted to give it a shot on the sharp end. Several tied-off screws in the thin ice provided little in the way of protection but Dan persevered. We got the photos we came for and, at the top of the headwall, we all agreed it was time to head for the sunshine and fat ice on Roaring Brook Falls.

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