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 🙂