Ice Ice Baby

January 24, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!

So, incase you didn’t know, we have been experiencing some pretty cold temperatures this week. It’s been reaching single digits and with windchill into the -20 degree range. In fact, on the news they were warning people to stay inside and not leave houses unless it was absolutely necessary. One might think that this rules out all outside fun. That is incorrect. Instead, here at the Academy, we prosper in the cold air.

This week we didn’t have formal dinner. What did Chase (’16), Mr. Hayward, and I do? We went ice climbing! We didn’t care that the expected temperature was a high of -20 degrees. All we needed was to make sure that we had the right gear to keep warm, a Nalgene full of hot tea, and a sense of adventure.


Here is a little video I threw together. Please take into account that we were filming with my iPhone so the quality isn’t that great.  Also, it was -20 degrees so we didn’t want to keep our hands exposed for too long. But, take a look at the ice when the climber is on it. It glows and gives off a cool light.


My lesson for this week? Take full advantage of your surroundings. Not many boarding school students can say that on a Tuesday night when it was -20 degrees they went ice climbing.

Until Next Week,



3 Responses

  1. Avatar Alex Kerney says:

    Just got a bulk box of toe warmers, I’m ready!

  2. Chris Hayward Chris Hayward says:

    Love it that we made this happen!

    Thanks for the adventurous spirit Alec, for pushing yourself to learn a new activity, getting out of your comfort zone and encouraging others to do the same.

    These are the things that you’ll remember for a long time!

    Let’s go again.

  3. Avatar Nancy Babcock says:

    Amazing! – that you filmed all that with an iPhone while you were out ice climbing at night at those temps for the fun of it! Bravo!! Thanks for sharing it with us:)

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