Yesterday we had a great afternoon getting back into the ice climbing on a good little training climb not far from the road.
The ice was a little damp in places, in fact it was running with water in several spots which meant we had to pick the line to climb to stay dry. It was good to swing my new black diamond ice tools into proper ice as well – so far so good.
The climb was in the Obertal valley near Schalmading in the Schladminger Tauern region of Austria. I was climbing with Andy Leivers who’s one half of Austrian Alpine Activities, which organise and instruct on various summer and winter sports here in Austria. I hadn’t seen Andy since we’d been ski touring in Chamonix last season and it was great to get out and catch up, as well as swinging the tools a bit.
Andy lead a warm up climb up the left hand side which was about WI3+ or so, and then we abseiled off and I lead a line up the right hand side, which was a bit steeper and probably WI4+. Great fun and I can’t wait to do a bit more.