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winter

Step like you s***, Swing like you f***; Ice Climbing at Cathedral Ledge, NH

A satisfying little vibration reverberates through the tool as the axe lodges itself in the ice. It's a good stick. A few rocks up and down and the second axe lifts out of a pocket. A subtle glare gives away a small concave dip right at arm's length above my head and a touch off center, my target.  Keep the hips in, long arms. A swing and a thunk and the second axe tossed chips of ice back over me.  One more swing and the axe sinks itself in with a distinctively clean *thup*.  I give it a light tug to check if the placement is stable.

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