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Mountaineering, Alpine climbing, Ice climbing
Curious if anyone is into some other mountain sports and has some recommendations on where I can get boots and hardware on the low. Also curious if anyone has recommendations on places to check out in New England
I climb extensively. Rock, ice, bigwall, mountaineering - I do it all (except bouldering). I spent yesterday ice climbing.
We are at the tail end of the season in the Northeast/New England area. The ice and snow is holding on nicely, but it's definitely on its way out. Mount Washington is likely to offer exactly what you want. It offers numerous easy-ish ice/mountaineering routes to the summit. Odell's, Huntington, Pinnacle...all are excellent choices that anyone can ascend if they know what they are doing and have the proper equipment and knowledge.
Mountaineering/alpine climbing and ice climbing are endeavors where one cannot get away with errors. Rock climbing, one can do a lot wrong and still be ok. In the mountains or ice climbing, one mistake can have very serious consequences. These are not sports to get into on one's own. You either need to find a mentor or invest in the offerings of a guide service.
The gear is very expensive, easily on par with a new ski setup, and likely quite a bit more. However, there are of course no lift tickets to buy! If you're just getting into it, absolutely rent gear the first few times. See if you actually like it. Then start dropping the big bucks. Mountainproject.com is the go-to for used climbing gear. Their For Sale board is second to none. It is super important that your boots fit correctly. Do not buy old straight-shafted ice tools, no matter how cheaply you find them.
I'm always happy to help climbers figure out what gear is appropriate, and can offer a number of suggestions along the way. Have you done any of this type of climbing? Where are you located?
I sport climb in Rumney at least 3 times a week but it's my first season doing winter climbing. I think I'm going to need to get more into Trad and spend some more time climbing ice. I bought some Crampons and I'm basically just waiting for the money to buy Ice tools and Mountaineering boots. I'm an adventure education major so I have quite a few connections to take me out Ice climbing. I hit up kinsman Notch a week and a half ago and that was pretty rad
check out International Mountain Climbing School, rad guys that will help you out
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