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Positive Thinking is an Adirondack classic ice climb on Poke-O-Moonshine Mtn. It's roughly 500' long and rated WI5- on the water ice rating system. The first pitch is a climb up laminated slab to a belay below fat water ice, the true crux. Pitch one is often thin and prone to delaminating from the base rock; there was a death in the early 2000's when the ice collapsed as a climber was topping out. Thus caution and proper assessment of the route is critical. Sun is the enemy.
Katie Vannicola came with me on this trip. I led pitch 1 and 2 and she took the third and final pitch. It was a stunning day with slightly overcast skies and gently blowing snow flurries. Temps were in the 30's so it was quite warm.