Ice Climbing



Crystal blue ice, delicate and pristine

chandeliers and daggers, 

icicles bigger than your body!

To approach this frozen waterfall 

and then interact with it, 

finding the grooves to dig in a tool,

the tiny ledges to plant the spikes

of cramponed feet and so make

your way up higher along the

steep, frozen smoothness to find

the place where the slope eases

back and the ice turns flat like the

pond where you learned to skate

and first felt the fun of ice


Me at the base of an ice climb called Step Right Up
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