The recent abundance of much-needed snow didn’t deter a hardy group of climbers from converging on the ice falls of Cascade Canyon for an adrenaline filled day of crampons and vert last Saturday. Put on by the good folks of Pine Needle Mountaineering, the event provided a variety of demo equipment for the first time climbers and seasoned veterans alike. And while the day’s activities finally succumbed to waning daylight, no one left the ice without a set of throbbing forearms and a perpetually frozen grin.

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Despite road closures and chilly weather, local ice climbers came out in force to help support the scene.

A climber works his way to the top.

Beth Morin scrambles up the ice during her inaugural ice climbing experience.

Two days of continuous snow created a wet and wild approach to the ice.

Wally Bunton puts all his weight into the rope as he belays a fallen climber.

A pair of unused ice axes rests on the wall.

Dan Foster, of Flagstaff, grunts it out as ice shards spray from the impact of his ice axe.





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