One of the stark differences between rock climbing and ice climbing is how wildly-varying atmospheric conditions can cause ice to form and behave in different ways making the routes easier or more difficult from week-to-week and year-to-year. Sometimes it's uniform and plasticy with every swing ending in a satisfying and secure stick, the ice screws going in quick and smooth. Other times (like those pictured) the ice is steep, globular, brittle and aerated forming a challenging, chandaliered veneer that has to be hacked away to find smooth ice for ice screw placements. Pictured is @jessroskelley excavating ice blobs during an impressive ascent on some of the more challenging ice this past New Year's Eve in Washington State with @clinthelander and @samuel_carter12. #climbing #pnw #ice #wa

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