Mt.-Chocorua

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Went ice climbing today at Champney Falls at the base of Mt. Chocorua.  In the upper right photo, my first run was just to the left of the right-hand rope.  In the lower left, that’s me after finishing my second run, which was up the right ice pillar below me.  The second one was killer, and I had to stop multiple times while my buddy held me twenty feet in the air.  But I did it.  Finally, bottom right is the main falls, and you can see the water flowing out of it.

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With the recent rain and snow in the higher elevations, and the fact that my buddy had to be back early, we decided to do a quick and easy hike today, Mt. Chocorua.  This was something of a redemption hike for me, because 11 years ago, after I graduated from college, I did this one with some friends.  I weighed 195 pounds, was hopelessly out of shape, and was in pain within the first fifteen minutes of the hike.  Now, a much trimmer and much more in shape me, crushed this one in 3 and ½ hours round trip.  The views up there were amazing, and it was cool to see Champney Falls in the spring, because I had only seen it frozen over in the winter when we’d go ice climbing.