Sunday, June 11, 2017

Late Afternoon Rock Climbing at Crow Hill



Some mellow top rope climbing and rappelling late in the afternoon at Crow Hill with Gary Loomis, Dan Zhao, Craig and Abby too! 



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crow Hill - Rock Climbing


 





Passing showers, some slick rock and cracks, bugs and a great day climbing Outerside, The Chimney and Intertwine at Crow Hill in the Leominster State Park! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Artist Bluff & Echo Crag - Rock Climbing



Standard Route (5.5) & Right Side Route (5.6) - Artist Bluff
Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) & Skeletal Ribs (5.6) - Echo Crag

A little bit of everything today while in Franconia Notch! Fantastic rock climbing Artist Bluff and Echo Crag today with Eric! At Artist Bluff I second Eric on the the Standard Route (5.5). Then I lead P2 of the Right Side Route (5.6) - taking the right side - it sure was dirty, but oh so fun! I didn't get very many photos as I left my iPhone in the backpack. Regret not pocketing my iPhone - the views of Echo Lake and the notch from P2 of the Right Side Route were amazing! Many families with children and dogs were enjoying the views from atop Artist Bluff as well. Afterwards we headed over to Echo Crag for some cragging - climbing Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) and Skeletal Ribs (5.6). Super fun day! Enjoy a few photos taken of our day.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Lower Slabs - Rock Climbing


The Lower Slabs
Pawtuckaway State Park
Nottingham, NH

Abbie, Kierstie and I met for a mellow day of top rope climbing at the Lower Slabs. The gate to the Round Pond Road is now open so the approach from the parking area to the Lower Slabs, Lakeside Crag, Upper Cliffs etc is about 5 minutes. We were all set to expect humid conditions with lots of bugs. But surprisingly, the temps were very comfortable and it was hardly buggy due to the mild breezes. We had the crag all to ourselves! Enjoy some photos taken of our day!



Monday, May 1, 2017

3 Climbing Crags - Solo Hike



Spent the last few weekends of April hiking 3 climbing crags; Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA, Jockey Cap Rock in Freyburg, ME, and the Lower Slabs, Lakeside Crag and Upper Cliff of Pawtuckaway State Reservation in Nottingham, NH. Cool features plus lovely views - I love rock! Enjoy some photos taken on my hikes.

*Purgatory Chasm has a long history of rock climbing. A permit is required for climbing at Purgatory Chasm. 



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bald Knob - Solo Hiking


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Pano photo of Lake Winnipesaukee from Bald Knob


Bald Knob (1,801 ft)
Trails: Turtleback Mtn & Bald Knob
Mileage: approx 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What a great day for a hike! Didn't realize there was another trail to Bald Knob until I met Larry DeGeorge at the trailhead. He said there is another trailhead along route 171. It's unmarked and on private property, but hikers are allowed to use it. Next time I'll try that way! The trails were muddy and slushy, especially on the hike down. I didn't bring snowshoes, as I didn't think I needed them. I did pack microspikes but didn't need those as well. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3) - Ice Climbing


Pano photo left to right: LL gully, LL slab. Hanging By A Moment


Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3)
Kinsman Notch, North Woodstock, NH

The last of this season ice climbing for me....so I was glad I got to get in one lead. Like the past weekend at Arethusa Falls and weekend before that at Waterfall, we had the ice all to ourselves today. Overcast skies were sure promising and when we got to the base of Leprechaun's Lement, we were glad it was in the shade. For the most part, the slab was clear of snow. (below the base of LL lay the snow that had slid of the LL slab). 

John led the Leprechaun's Lement Gully, then we rapped down into the vertical section of the slab where we did a couple of laps. We also did a couple of laps on the Hanging By A Moment. And finally, in the late afternoon, I led the Leprechaun's Lement Slab. I led the center since I had only led the left hand side of the slab. The ice on the first half of the route was really still good. But by that time the clouds lifted and the sun had shown through baking the top half of the route. And after the half way point, the ice was just pure shitty. So I only placed pro up to the half way point and ran it out to the tree anchor. I could've put one more piece of pro in if I just scraped the shitty ice off of the top layer. But the grade was easy, I felt good, calm and not pumped and made sure all my sticks and feet were solid. Enjoy some photos taken of our day at Kinsman Notch.