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Monday, February 28, 2011

More Late 1970's Adventures

As winter slowly looses its grip on the region I thought it would be nice to look back, way back, at winters past and other historical climbing images related to Rob and the Maryland crew. Most of these photos are from the late 1970's into the early 1980's. You can click on the photos to see larger versions, which I recommend you do.

The first set are of Alex Badant on a Shenandoah ice climbing trip.
Alex Badant climbing in the Shenandoahs.

Alex Badant climbing in the Shenandoahs.

Alex Badant climbing in the Shenandoahs.

As any seasoned Mid-Atlantic climber knows, you have to take it when, where, and however you can get it.
Rob said the following about the below photos:
Howard said he he had done them many years before (60s), but the leak would occasionally freeze and make one of Maryland's few ice climbs. These were in the winter of 1978-1979. Back then we would walk to Ilchester, and then take the back trail to the dam. You could then walk through the dam to the other side, although it was leaky. This leak was the biggest though, and climbable, so we did laps. I believe the leaks have been fixed, and you can't walk through the dam anymore.
Dam Ice Climbers !

If you look closely you'll see a person in the bottom left quadrant of the photo.

In the same resourceful theme as the Dam Ice Climbers we have the Bridge Trolls. Rob had the following to say about this activity:
For awhile some of us got heavily into Aid climbing, cause we figured it would be good to learn for emergencies. Plus we had these old bridge abutments down in Patapsco, so we'd aid up to the top of the roof. Sometimes we'd hang hammocks and spend the night. At one point we put a an "Acme Top System" sign with a piece of pro in the middle of the roof. For all I know, it's still there.

And now, to a couple ancient, barely surviving negatives of Rob leading on Maryland Heights. Not the best quality but good nonetheless.

And lastly, How many of you were going stir crazy with this winters weather and resorted to what you see below? Actually this was taken during a party. The "climber" is Ray Franklin. Some things never change.
Spring is coming. Hang in there.

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