January 26th and January 27th, 2013 gave the eastern panhandle of West Virginia a rare cold snap, preceded by a week of snow. From these conditions grew solid, beautiful ice that twinkles in the eyes of every ice climber. I immediately called up my buddy James to go get stoked on scouting out some ice to climb in the area. We were overwhelmed with the formations we found in our own backyard.
I have had many 'firsts' in West Virginia. This was my first ice climbing experience and I couldn't be happier it occurred in the great state of West by-god Virginia. This can be added to the list of firsts: first outdoor lead climb (balcony junior 5.10 red point), first multi-pitch (5.2 Old Man's Route, Seneca Rocks), first downhill mountain biking race (Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park, WV), and many more. This state has so much yet to explore!
Much thanks to Railriders Adventure Clothing for a set of eco-therms that kept me nice and toasty!
Location: Bolivar Heights, North Face (waterfall ice) & Maryland Heights, West Face (gulley ice)
Filmed & Edited by: Cody S. Marsh
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Isis & Aereogramme - "Stolen"
Local Natives - "Spring Wind"
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