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Quincy Quarries - Rock Climbing

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Fantastic day for rock climbing! Originally this Boston Rock Climbers 40+ Meetup was scheduled for 10am but we met up at 1 in the afternoon when the rain clouds had moved out giving way to the sun. Quincy Quarries is located just outside of Boston and an easily accessed from Interstate 93. Today was my second visit to QQ, my first being 2 years ago, and I was eager to do some urban rock climbing on walls filled with graffiti. Two routes were set up on the 45 foot C Wall - Ceaseless Turmoil   (5.7/.8) and Yellow Spot (5.4-5.5).   We rappelled from the top to belay from the waters' edge. Afterwards we set up on F wall and a few of us climbed Friction Pitch (5.2-5.3). F wall is a taller wall - 85 feet, and was a blast to rappel to the bottom ledge. Climbing later in the Fall afternoon allowed for some beautiful light to photograph!  At the top of C Wall, E & F Wall in the background   Ken at the waters' edge Climbers on the E Wall   Boston and I

Artist's Bluff - Rock Climbing

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Headed out to Echo Crag in the Franconia Notch this morning for some rock climbing! The sun was out   but Echo Crag was an ice block so we drove across the street to Artist's Bluff. We parked in the parking lot of the Echo Lake State Park and hiked the 10 minutes to the base of the cliff. Artist's Bluff was just the opposite of Echo Crag. It was sunny, windless and mild. The rock faced the sun and was not icy or wet at all. Personally, I didn't think it was too cold at all. Ropes were led on the Standard Route as well as the Right Side Route. We eventually had 3 ropes set up on the Standard Routes for top roping. After climbing, Sally and I headed to the top of Artist's Bluff. The Little Monalisa cliff was packed with a group of climbers and there were many hikers making their way from the top of Artist's Bluff as well. This is a very easy hike to the top and with excellent views and once at the summit (2,320ft), I