At the end of February I was finally able to get my plans together to go meet up with my friend George for some ice climbing in the Adirondacks. We first started talking about an ice climbing trip back at the Nor'Easter, and we'd tried a few times to put something together but my schedule just wouldn't accomodate an ice climbing trip.
George put a lot of effort into planning this trip. He picked the climb, arranged the cabin rental, coordinated meals and gear rentals... Every detail was taken care of. I pretty much just had to show up.
I took Friday off work for the drive down. I left around 10am, got an oil change, and then hit the highway. For some reason I chose to take the US-based route, crossing at Buffalo and then driving I-90 across New York and up into Lake Placid. This was definitely a mistake. The road conditions weren't ideal. I counted 7 collisions on the QEW between Burlington and the border. Most of these involved at least one other car, plus a flipped minivan. On the other side of the border there were another 8 cars and trucks in the ditch, but nobody flipped, nobody hit anything, and nobody was hurt.
All told, what should have been an 8 hour drive, took just over 11. I got a bit nervous in the Adirondacks when I drove through 4 full on whiteouts, but I made it. Read more about Ice Climbing in the Dacks