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Navigation, Route Planning & Map Making Course

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Over the weekend, Steff and I took a Navigation, Route Planning & Map Making course with IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide, Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International

The course was held 10am to 5pm in the Mt. Jefferson Room of the North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, NH. We learned the different functions of Caltopo.com, Avenza Maps Mobile App and Google Earth.

Relevant Course Links:
Digital Elevation Model Shading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ls5SVHVVpU
Using layers in Cal Topo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqzmRU1yRAI
Using Google Earth & Cal Topo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79bCiBmTKe4
Creating Geospatial PDFs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeY74-kH-rI


Video created using my iPhone 7 and the Splice app from GoPro




Mount Monadnock - Solo Hiking

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Elevation: 3,165ft
Trail: White Cross Elevation Gain: 1,765ft Distance: 4 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Took a short drive west to hike up Monadnock and it was so refreshing! Originally I wanted to head north but with some overnight snow fall and ice, I didn't feel like driving in the stuff. So Monadnock was a good call for me. At the Poole Road entrance, park rangers said that there were 50 mph winds with reports of ice and snow at the summit. Felt good to get back out and hike the last of Autumn season.....winter will be here soon! 



Summit selfie Video Along the White Cross Trail Snow along the trail






Cormier-Magness 2016 - Multi Pitch Fall Rock Climb

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Cormier-Magness (5.6)
Trad, 8 Pitches, 1150 feet
Whitehorse Ledge
North Conway, NH

No Rope? Wait. What? I yelled back to Sean that I needed more rope and his reply was clearer. "No Rope!" What I thought was insane rope drag, was in fact, the end of our rope. I had gotten onto a small ledge with a tree stump and had 12 feet more to the anchor at the end of the 6th pitch, The Low Beer Light pitch. Down-climbing was my only option. No worries. I had used the tree stump as a hold to get up to it, so it would have to do as a hold to get down. I girth-hitched a cordelette to the stump, then connected my anchor to it. I lowered myself slowly, unclipped my anchor from the cordelette and downclimbed by stemming the holds I stemmed to come up. 8 feet below this stump I had placed a #1 cam and removed it. 25-30 feet below the stump ledge was a ledge with several trees where I set up my anchor and brought Tom and Sean up. 

Sean, Tom and I climbed this route last July, with Sean leading. Like…

The West Chimney: Eaglet Spire - Multi Pitch Rock Climb

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On the Eaglet Spire summit


The West Chimney (5.7)
Trad, 3 Pitches, 200 feet
Eaglet Spire
Greenleaf & Climbers Trails
Franconia Notch, NH

Cool temps are perfect for a hike and a climb in Franconia Notch! Sean and I met up with his son Tom and a few other Boy Scout troop members at the Lafayette Campground parking lot. We hiked up to Lonesome Lake to lunch and enjoy the views. After about an hour, Tom and the scouts went on their way to the Cannon summit. They had a long day ahead with plans to continue onto the Cannon summit, the Cannonballs, an overnight stay at the Kinsman Pond shelter, and then a second day bagging the north and south Kinsman peaks. 

Sean and I headed up to Exit 34B and parked on the side of the off-ramp at the Greenleaf Trailhead. We hiked up the Greenleaf Trail and took the "climbers trail" to the Eaglet Spire. Sean had climbed the Eaglet Spire 16 years ago and had been wanting to get back to climbing it again, so I was really looking forward to this climb.…

End Crags, Crow Hill - Rock Climbing

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Mid State Trail to the top of the ledges
Great day for some mellow climbing! Never been to the End Crags of Crow Hill in Leominster State Forest. So Nuno, Nancy, David and I headed there for a day of top roping.

At the base of End Crags
Nancy on Pine Tree It was Nancy's second day of climbing outdoors!
Beginner's Blessing
End Route

Beginners Route - Multi Pitch Rock Climb

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Beginners Route (5.5) Trad Whitehorse Ledge
North Conway, NH
We were both were surprised when we pulled into the parking lot. We expected the parking lot to be packed, but it wasn't. When we got to the base of the Slabs, Sean and I were the only climbers there. But after finishing up the second pitch, a group of three showed up at the base of the C-M route to set up top rope at the pine tree. And a 3rd party of two climbers showed up for Sliding Board just as we were finishing up our 3rd pitch. 










Back to climbing with Sean again. He had injured his foot earlier in the season and only now was getting back to climbing. Since he was still experiencing a bit of pain when walking, we decided to cut the route short to rappel down instead of topping off and walking down the trail. We only climbed the first 5 pitches (490ft) but I got to lead the first 3 pitches. It was so much fun, especially that 2nd pitch. I was also stoked that we had no one behind us on the route. I didn't feel rushed …