Friday, March 4, 2011

AAC Spring Outing in the Catskills - February 2011

This year, for the first time, the American Alpine Club New York Section spent a spectacular weekend in the Catskills. Although it was a skeletal crew - Vic Benes, Ron Bixby, Todd Fairbairn, Holly Mauro, Andréa Salerno and Michael Schlenker – the fun factor did not suffer. We arrived on Friday at the Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville to 5-6” of fresh snow. The climbing conditions were superb. Saturday we climbed Devil's Kitchen - it was MIchael, Ron, Vic, Holly and Andrea. A bunch of Holly's climbing friends showed up so we were able to share ropes, snacks and stories, and a good time was had by all. That evening we had a little happy hour followed by dinner at the Inn.

On Sunday we lost Holly but gained Todd Fairbairn who joined us for the day. We went to Black Chasm, which was sensational! 100 ft walls of ice!

Please hold February 17-19, 2012 for next year’s Catskills Outing. You don't want to miss it. See you there!

Ron Bixby in the Devil's Kitchen

Michael Schlenker

Black Chasm

Holly on Belay

Holly and Michael Prepare to Climb

Mephisto at Black Chasm

Michael Schlenker

Ron Bixby and Vic

The Gang - Vic Benes, Andréa Salerno, Michael Schlenker, Todd Fairbairn

The Incomparable Vic Benes

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