Sunday, October 13, 2013

Artist Bluff - Rock Climbing



A laid-back day, relaxing with friends and enjoying good climbing fun!

Fall climbing is one of my favorites and it was a treat to spend the day enjoying the fall temps and foliage of Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch! The "Bluff" is known for its moderate climbing routes and beautifully textured granite.

Kellie set up one top rope on the "Little Mona Lisa" cliff. We used that one rope to climb 4 different routes. Next to the cliff is the Bald Mountain-Artist Bluff Trail. There were many hikers coming down the trail, many stopping to watch us as we climbed! From the top of my climb, I'd call out and wave to the folks making their way down the trail. We offered a lot of folks a chance to climb, but all of them declined! LOL!  My digital camera was passed around that day so enjoy some photos taken by everyone, myself included, as well as Tammy Shennett! 

The day before I bagged the summit of Mt. Passaconway. Stayed the night at Steele Hill Resorts and the next morning this was the view! Low clouds covering Lake Winnipesaukee with the Belknap Range peeking above. I hiked that entire range earning my Belknap Range Hiker Badge!

It rained a bit but then it cleared up and we had sun for climbing the rest of the day!



 Echo Lake



 Profile and Echo Crag covered in low clouds


















 What's a climb without some "posing fun!"







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