my first time ice climbing

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Yesterday was Matt’s birthday, and I did what any wife would do and went ice climbing with him. It’s totally what I signed up for when we got married and as I mentioned several times in the movie I was excited + had fun. If you’re like my family you’re thinking “climbing? on ice? did you have those special shoes?” Yes, we had those special shoes (crampons) and lots of other gear that Matt already had since he’s pro at it. This is actually the kind of thing you don’t want to try on your own if you don’t know what you are doing.

So yesterday we hiked about a mile in to pitch (apparently that’s what they say – I’m still learning) that Matt had spotted a week or two ago. I brought along one of my cameras and our flip to document the process and made a little home movie to share. You won’t be impressed with our shooting skills – I know it’s a little shaky at times but it’s still fun to see what it’s all about. Also, since there was just the two of us you couldn’t really get footage of actually climbing since you were either the climber or belaying. So, there’s not a ton of action, if action if what you were hoping for but hope you enjoy coming along on my first ice climbing trip!

ps. sorry it ends so badly! haha I was trying combine footage to end things well but I think I forgot to finish and left it as is :)

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