WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – Earlier this winter, on a very cold January day, Sabrina Hague and Phil Brown climbed Positive Reinforcement, a Classic Adirondack Climb in Chapel Pond Canyon. On the previous day we set up ropes to allow us to position ourselves for the best photographic angles. R.L. ascended one of the ropes, adjacent to Sabrina as she climbed the route, while Karen rappelled off the top to shoot the upper section of the climb. The ice was steep and brittle, but Sabrina smiled for our cameras (while quietly cursing the uncooperative conditions) as she led the pitch. Phil patiently did his best to keep warm belaying as we repeatedly moved about with our cameras. When it was his turn, he was more than ready to climb. Everybody got cold.
In addition to shooting from our rigged ropes, we photographed the top of the pitch using one of our booms to create the birds-eye views we get when the camera is positioned out away from the cliff face.
We decided, unanimously, the second pitch would be anticlimactic and it would be best to leave with all of our fingers and toes, so we headed to town for a hot lunch instead.
Many thanks to Sabrina and Phil for climbing for our cameras, again! And special thanks to Phil for telling the story of this climb and illustrating it with our photos in a terrific article in the Adirondack Explorer.