many months we've finally gotten around to updating our website. We've added
this news/information page to include current events and happenings, recent
photography, production notes, profiles etc. We intend to periodically (at
least quarterly) update this page.
Considering our past success in providing engineering and construction-related photography and video production services (as a sideline), we've decided to expand these capabilities to an as requested contractual service. Our strength lies in over twenty years experience in engineering consultation, including testing and inspection. We're not bragging when we say that we've seen a lot, including many mistakes observed from numerous forensic studies. Past assignments have included construction progress photography and site reconnaissance and condition photo/video surveys. Visit our INDUSTRIAL page for more information, and keep us in mind when soliciting for these services. We can also assist with editing, formatting, and presentation of your own stuff.
We'd like to thank Jeff and MaryAnn at HC Services for all their work in preparing this website. It's great to have the availability of their design and technical skills, and we appreciate the easy-going approach and quick and timely response to our needs. Very good work.
We've been fortunate enough to have been asked by Eastern PA-based climber and guidebook author Rob "Griz" Ginieczki to assist with information and photography for his forthcoming 'ICE CLIMBING PENNSYLVANIA' guidebook. Along with local climber Tim Anderson, we've provided info for the SWPA/Laurel Highlands chapter. Publication is slated for Fall 2006. Check out www.grizguides.com for current info. He's also posted some downloads. Also check out www.climbpa.telerama.com for more info on local climbing.
While the 2005/2006 ice climbing season wasn't stellar with regard to ice formation (dry ground conditions and mostly warm weather), there is activity to report. Most of the action occurred at the higher mountain elevations. Secret Cliffs I & II were in, mostly throughout February. Several new big lines went up, each on toprope ascent. Thin conditions and overall sketchy ice formation thwarted any attempts as lead ascent. The 'Beast' failed to return. Only the upper ½ formed, producing a large hanging column. Still, two adjacent big lines went on the 'Beast Wall' - Son of Beast and Monsta (both probably Grade 5 with some hard mixed moves, depending upon conditions). Major activists included Tim Anderson, Tom Kopler, Doyle Tarwater, Bob Coblentz, and Regina Schulte-Ladbeck. Obtained some good video (enough to produce as third WPA ICE video - available soon) as well as photography. A few photos: (Click [+] to enlarge image)
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