The first major storm of the year has finally arrived, bringing with it lots of snow and freezing temps. Unfortunately its timing couldn't be worse for me. Jeff and I had planned to climb in Canada, but the heavy snowfall has brought poor stability to the snowpack. The recipe for avalanches couldn't be more perfect. We are now forced to twiddle our thumbs and find something else to do. Since there isn't quite enough snow for skiing and not enough ice to climb, we were force to get creative. We bolted links of chain to Jeff's climbing wall for the purpose of hooking them with our ice tools. It turned our to be great training. We may have solved the problem of how to train for hard mixed climbing.