Weekend Ice Warrior 
Friday, January 18, 2013, 08:39 PM - Weekend Fun
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Feeling sick, I bailed on the trip to Ouray with Lisa, Jeanne, and others. Instead Mike and I headed up to San Antonio Hot Springs. Mike convinced me to get up early and climb Jemez Falls with him before meeting the others at the TH at 10am.



It was -16 F on the drive through the Jemez... that'll freeze something. We bundled up and skied a couple miles out to the falls. My toes were very frosty in my xc ski boots.




We rapped down to the pool at the base of the falls and immediately heard the water gurgling underneath the ice. Mike tested the pool and Boom! It collapsed. Bad start. I tiptoed around to the base of the climb and put in a screw for the belayer - KaPOW! The ice shattered because of the extreme cold. A 6 foot horizontal fracture + a couple foot vertical crack met at the center of my screw. Scary! Mike lead a bit but gave up when he saw how poorly it was attached to the rock. I decided to give it a shot. For only a 15-20 foot climb it was pretty exciting being delicate on the thin ice. I got a screw in at about 14 feet and felt much better. The rest was a walk up.





I broke my ski in the cattleguard at the car on our way out. Super bummer!



We didn't make the rendezvous, so we hit the trail to San Antonio Hot Springs. 4 miles of flat, beautiful skiing. The weather was perfect. At the end of the trek, we met Tyler, Brad, Louie, and Kelley at the springs. Little vino and some warmth in the snow sure do go well together. After a couple hours we made the journey back to the cars, and grabbed dinner at the restaurant in Jemez Springs.



In other news, I hosted the January TTT wine tasting for 19 people and got my WFR cert registered with the NM EMS Bureau.


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