Trip Report: Winter Break By John Forestell Jan 16/2017

Trip Report: Winter Break By John Forestell Jan 16/2017

Finals had me going crazy. Can’t remember the last time I’ve put so much effort into something so stressful and unrewarding. Was probably the last set of finals…

But they eventually passed and in the blink of an eye I was out in the Columbia Icefields, back in my stomping ground. I hadn’t been out on ice yet this year, had barely even logged some time on my tools dry toolin’. But the leads were all mine and it was time to get going. From the first swing of the trip I was already in a good mood forgetting all about this school stuff we do. We quickly romped up Breidal Veil falls, then went for an afternoon lap of Meltout to get warmed up to the ice and get back in the right space looking forward to some harder line.

The second day we rolled up to weeping wall looking to climb the easy sniveling gully, however there was already a party on it and not wanting to waste anymore of our day finding a different climb we started directly up the left hand side. I wasn’t too stoked to be on the sharp end quite so quickly, but by the end of pitch two, I was psyched and loving it and we continued heading up, the sun even came out for a little bit and gave us some much needed warmth (and it made for a good picture or 5)

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