Thursday, 24MAR11

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Today I went Ice Climbing in Boston.  No, not solid vertical ice, not even slopey solid ice… instead, I went climbing on one of the “glaciers” of snow / ice leftover in the parking lot of the Chestnut Hill Mall.

Last weekend my friends and I had been climbing at Hammond Pond when we first noticed these monsterous formations of ice and snow… a good 20-25 feet tall, with some sections of vertical choss nearly 15ft high.  I tried climbing them the first time I saw them (using a stick and a piece of a shopping cart as tools), but wasn’t able to get very high.  So I planned ahead, borrowed ice tools from a friend, packed up my crampons, and headed out.

The ice itself was a mixture of snow and ice, fairly random as to its strength, but that that didn’t stop me from climbing over the entire formation.  I did a few mid-height vertical sections, but generally stayed away from the truely technical sections for fear of falling uncontrolled with two ice axes leashed to my hands and a set of crampons attached to my feet.  I had a blast though, and reminded myself how athletic ice climbing really is – my arms hurt more after messing around on the ice for an hour than they do after 3 hours of climbing.

The best part of the evening was the unexpected though; very likely convincing a pair of unexpecting high school kids that they were in a horror movie.  See, when I first arrived I noticed a car parked in the secluded section that the ice-mounds kept hidden from the rest of the lot.  I looked, and seeing no one in the car assumed it belonged to some employee of the stores nearby and didn’t think about it anymore.  After I had been climbing all around the car for about 45min, and had summited half a dozen times, I looked down at the car again.  And saw a naked chick riding a dude like he was a prize-winning pony.  Yep.  I had been clambering around with a pair of ice-axes while some poor couple had been trying to have sex in daddy’s car.  I just laughed to myself and kept my distance from the area until I saw them leave, but as the car pulled out of the lot I made sure to give them a salute with the ice tools, just before the tires squealed and the car screamed away…

 

Yep, a successful day 🙂

About perfectusvarrus

I am an adventurer. I've been many things in my life; a machinist, a mechanical designer, a training coordinator, a facilities consultant, and a seasonal construction worker. But through it all, I've kept my love of adventure and exploration strong, through rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, exploring, and trying new things. The rush of adventure is intoxicating, and the thrill of discovery and exploring is unbeatable.

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