I was very excited about this trip, not only because I had been itching to go since Kaaterskill, but because I just purchased some new gear from Rock and Snow. I was torn between two boots but finally decided on La Sportiva's Halite GTX. I am very happy with them so far, but my feet were definitely hurting, not being broken in yet. My first time use of cramp-ons probably also added to the pain in my feet (Grivel G14 Cramp-O-Matic Binding rented from the shop). After the first hour, I was starting to get the hang of them (or my feet were going numb), and I am anxious to get out there and try them again. We had snowshoes on our packs, but didn't bother using them.
I am really happy with the pants I purchased, Mountain Hardwear Castlewood. They are lightweight, and are a perfect waterproof layer over my spandex. I was very comfortable on bottom. They also fit very well (and according to someone, makes my butt look good). I got a rip in them with the cramp-ons(!) but Roger assured me that he can fix them with seamgrip. I was also wearing some Icebreaker baselayers, which I may be obsessed with (thanks to Mr. Ennis).
Even though I felt like a zombie upon arriving at work, the snowfall that we got that night allowed me to leave early! It was a great day, spent with a great person :)
Coming back down